• 2 cups plain flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp espresso powder (finely ground coffee)
  • 1 cup milk (alternatively buttermilk, almond or coconut milk)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil (alternatively canola or coconut oil)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water


  • 1 1/2 cups butter
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 5 cups icing sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp espresso powder (finely ground coffee)

If you google 'Chocolate Cake Recipe', we know that about a million results come back. Trust us when we say that this one is the only one you'll ever need. Not only will this cake have your tastebuds singing but it will also have your hands automatically reaching for more. That's how good it is. 

Don't believe us? Just try it... 


For The Cake

  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Prepare two cake pans by spraying with baking spray or buttering and lightly flouring.

  2. 2. Add flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and espresso powder to a large bowl and get mixing.

  3. 3. Add milk, vegetable oil, eggs and vanilla extract to the flour mixture. Mix together until nice and combined.

  4. 4. Carefully add boiling water to the cake batter until it's combined nicely.

  5. 5. Distribute the cake batter evenly between the two prepared cake pans and bake for 30-35 minutes. Use the old toothpick trick (insert a toothpick into the middle of the cake and if it comes out clean, it's ready to take out of the oven. If not, leave the cake in there) to make sure the cake is ready.

  6. 6. Remove the cake from the oven and allow it to cool for roughly 10 minutes, remove it from the pan and wait till it's cooled completely before frosting.

For The Frosting

  1. 7.  Add cocoa to a large bowl, whisk through to remove any lumps (no one likes a lumpy frosting!)

  2. 8. Cream together the butter and the cocoa powder until they're best friends (or until they're fully combined).

  3. 9. Add sugar and milk to the cocoa mixture by adding 1 cup of sugar followed by about a tablespoon of milk. Make sure that after each addition, the mixture is well combined.

  4. 10. Repeat the process until all the sugar and milk have been added.

  5. 11. Add the vanilla extract and espresso powder and combine well.

  6. 12. If the frosting appears too dry, add more milk, a tablespoon at a time until it reaches the right consistency. If it appears too wet and does not hold its form, add more confectioner's sugar, a tablespoon at a time until it reaches the right consistency.

  7. 13. Now it's time to put the cake together so get the kidlets and start frosting!

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