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Bill Grangers Never-Fail Chocolate Birthday Cake with Chocolate Icing!


Need to make a chocolate cake for a birthday party or special occasion? Well then this is the recipe for you. Even if you are not great at making cakes you will have no problem with this recipe. It is so easy and the result so delicious you will be using this recipe time and time again!

Decorate in different ways for different occasions!

Serves 16 (so bill says!!!)

250g unsalted butter, softened

440g sugar

4 eggs

250 ml milk

310g plain flour

5 tps baking powder

1 tsp vanilla extract

4 tbsps cocoa powder


To decorate

Chocolate Icing

300g Icing sugar (confectioners sugar)

4 tbsps cocoa

2 tbsps softened unsalted butter


To Make

Preheat the oven to 180*c (350*F/Gas 4). Grease and line a 20 x 30cm (8×12 inch) cake tin.


Beat the butter, sugar, eggs, milk, flour, baking powder, cocoa powder, and vanilla with electric beaters for about 8-10 mins until the mixture is pale and well combined.

Pour into tin and bake for 40-45 mins or until a skewer poked in the middle comes out clean.choc batter f

Leave to cool in the tin for 10-15 mins before transferring to a wire rack.

Ice with chocolate icing only when completely cool!

For the icing:

Sift together the icing sugar and cocoa.  Add the butter and 3-4 tbsps of warm water and beat until smooth and fluffy, adding more water if necessary.


Decorating is up to you! You can leave it as it is or add sweets such as smarties or M&Ms for a kids party. Maybe try a cake topper – they are edible images printed on a thin sheet of icing. All totally edible, printed with edible ink too. You can choose any image or a favourite photo or film star! Whatever you want.  If you are in Spain try www.theicingonthecakespain.com

Use the premade rolling icing and colour it yourself. Girlie pink always goes down well at a little girls party! Just omit the chocolate icing on the top and smear with apricot jam. Lift icing over your cake with the aid of a rolling pin. Smooth down and pop your cake topper on top. Looks amazing!

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For the boys avoid the pink and go for blue or green! Add their favourite cartoon character and ice around the edges with coloured buttercream icing.


Whichever you choose, just make sure your get in there quick as this cake does not stay around for long! Yummy! get it quick f


Nigellas Amazing Chocolate Cake!

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Serves 10. Or 1 with a chocolate cake addiction!

For the cake:
400g plain flour
250g golden caster sugar
100g light muscovado sugar
50g best quality cocoa powder
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
½ tsp salt
3 eggs
142ml/small tub sour cream
1 tbsp vanilla extract
175g unsalted butter, melted and cooled
125ml corn oil
300ml chilled water

For the fudge icing:
175g dark chocolate, minimum 70% cocoa solids
250g unsalted butter, softened
275g icing sugar, sifted
1 tbsp vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4.
Butter and line the bottom of two 20cm sandwich tins.
In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugars, cocoa, baking powder, bicarb and salt. In another bowl or wide-necked measuring jug whisk together the eggs, sour cream and vanilla until blended.
Using a freestanding or handheld electric mixer, beat together the melted butter and corn oil until just blended (you’ll need another large bowl for this if using the hand whisk; the freestanding mixer comes with its own bowl), then beat in the water. Add the dry ingredients all at once and mix together on a slow speed.
Add the egg mixture, and mix again until everything is blended and then pour into the prepared tins. And actually, you could easily do this manually; I just like my toys and find the KitchenAid a comforting presence in itself.
Bake the cakes for 50-55 minutes, or until a cake-tester comes out clean. Cool the cakes in their tins on a wire rack for 15 minutes, and then turn the cakes out onto the rack to cool completely.
To make the icing, melt the chocolate in the microwave – 2-3 minutes on medium should do it – or in a bowl sitting over a pan of simmering water, and let cool slightly.
In another bowl, beat the butter until it’s soft and creamy (again, I use the KitchenAid here) and then add the sieved icing sugar and beat again until everything’s light and fluffy. I know sieving is a pain, the one job in the kitchen I really hate, but you have to do it or the icing will be unsoothingly lumpy. Then gently add the vanilla and chocolate and mix together until everything is glossy and smooth.
Sandwich the middle of the cake with about a quarter of the icing, and then ice the top and sides, too, spreading and smoothing with a rubber spatula.

Now take a fork and enjoy! Be careful eating the whole thing can make you sick! But what the hell….mmmmmmm!

This is Nigella Lawsons recipe – the goddess of food!

If you want you can add nuts or decorations to the top to make a little more special for the birthday boy / girl!
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