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Chelsea’s Favourite Chocolate Cake

By Chelsea Sugar
Chelsea’s Favourite Chocolate Cake
12 servings
  • 264 reviews

  • Difficulty Easy
  • Prep time 10 mins
  • Cooking time 1 hrs 20 mins
  • Serves

    1 Tbsp instant coffee granules
    ¾ cup water
    2 cups Chelsea White Sugar
    1¾ cups Edmonds Standard Grade Flour
    ¾ cup cocoa powder
    2 tsp vanilla essence
    2 tsp Edmonds Baking Soda
    1 tsp Edmonds Baking Powder
    ½ tsp salt
    2 eggs
    1¼ cups Meadow Fresh Milk (or Rice/Soya Milk)
    ½ cup sunflower or soya oil


    Icing Ingredients:

    1½ cups Chelsea Icing Sugar (225g)
    2 Tbsp cocoa powder 
    50g butter, softened
    2-3 Tbsp hot water


    For NZ’s favourite chocolate cake recipe.......

    Preheat the oven to 180°C (reduce to 160 for fan forced). Grease and line a 23-25cm cake tin with baking paper.

    Dissolve the coffee granules in water, then place all ingredients into a food processor and process until well combined and smooth.

    Pour the mixture into the cake tin. Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour 20 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.

    Cool on a wire rack and when completely cold.

    Icing Method

    Place Chelsea Icing Sugar and cocoa powder in a medium bowl and stir to combine.

    Add softened butter and pour some of the hot water over the top.
    Mix together, adding more water as required to achieve a smooth, spreadable consistency. 

    Spread over the top of the cooled cake. 

    Note: This is a very runny mixture - don't be alarmed the first time you make it.

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Average Rating
(264 reviews)

Made this cake and iced it with a coffee buttercream. It made a huge cake and we've just finished it - 3 days later and it was still a really delicious, moist cake. Was so happy with the result and would definitely make this again.

So easy and so delicious, this is my go to chocolate cake recipe

Every time I make this yummy cake for playgroup, I get requests for the recipe. Very easy to make both gluten free and dairy free.

Great recipe for my grandkids birthday cakes, everyone loves it, it’s such a beautiful moist cake. A couple of months ago it was decorated in Hello Kitty paraphernalia, today it’s going to be Spider-Man! Great even when it’s not a birthday!

Made this today - the reviews are accurate, its excellent. :-)

My go to chocolate cake, easy and works every time and people love it.

Bad and didn’t turn out well

Absolutely love how moist and fluffy and delicious this turns out every time, I use it for cupcakes also and get rave reviews from my clients

I’m wondering if I removed the cocoa powder and coffee if the texture would turn out exactly the same as a vanilla cake and vanilla cupcakes??? Has anyone tried this?

Question: if I wanted to make this as a larger cake in a larger tin is doubling the recipe ok? Would I need to adjust cooking times?

I can’t seem to get this cake perfect. The first time I cooked it it took nearly an hour an 40 mins for a butterknife to come out clean. Then when I pulled the cake out it was a little burnt on the edges :( oven temp was 150°. The second time I tried this recipe i did it at 180° for 90 mins, however I used a bundt cake tin. The cake came out still very gooey and tasted un cooked at the bottom. Very frustrating that I can’t seem to get it right

Hello Chelsea team, I can never find your chocolate icing at my local PaknSav Store. I live at Oropi Tauranga. Is there any reason for this? Thank you Raewyn

I like your recipe . Its superb ,My child like it and want to eat one time more.

Sensational cake that pleases all who eat it.


Deliciously moist!! Used an 8” tin and took 1 hour 20. I am a perfectionist with what recipes I use and this hits the spot! Cooked to perfection and insanely delicious. Did not last long in our house!

Awesome recipe. Moist, chocolatey and easy! I sub oil for butter and it gives it a richer flavour. Use about a cup melted. Works awesome in silicon bakeware.

Quick and easy and lovely and moist

This is literally the best cake ever and I 100% mean it! Incredibly moist and is soo chocolaty! 10/10 would recommend!

This is literally the best cake ever and I 100% mean it! Incredibly moist and is soo chocolaty! 10/10 would recommend!

Perfect every time!

what an outstanding piece of cake!!

I'm about to make this again. It was perfect. The height and moisture was the best I've had in a cake that I have made. I'll be using this as my 'go to' recipe.
Thank you.

Its so delicious and easy to make. It is the best cake I ever had.

Perfect each time, My family favourite. Soo yummy and chocolatey !! Im dont like making cakes but if I have to tis would be it, I just change the toppings and fillings. Must try

Hi, rave reviews for this cake so I’m going to try it ! But can I use olive oil?
Thanks for your advice.

I've made this countless times- foolproof and delicious, a winner!

Very runny mixture, so make sure if you use a greased spring pan that you line the bottom with baking paper so it doesn’t leak (I had my suspicions and had no leaks thanks to past mistakes haha). Whisked the ingredients by hand (no mixer) and maybe cooked for a little too long as the edges are a little crispy but inside is still amazingly moist - 50min to an hour should be sweet. Smash out some chocolate icing and you’re set. Can’t wait to try make it a wee bit more fancy pants next time.

Very runny mixture, so make sure if you use a greased spring pan that you line the bottom with baking paper so it doesn’t leak (I had my suspicions and had no leaks thanks to past mistakes haha). Whisked the ingredients by hand (no mixer) and maybe cooked for a little too long as the edges are a little crispy but inside is still amazingly moist - 50min to an hour should be sweet. Smash out some chocolate icing and you’re set. Can’t wait to try make it a wee bit more fancy pants next time.

Am I able to replace the flour with 'gluten-free' flour? Will it still come out ok? Made it with standard flour but I have a couple of 'gluten-free' friends and just wondered if it would still work

Can I use a 18-20cm round cake tin ? Will I need to bake longer?

Lovely cake. Except a little too much sugar and baking soda. I used 1 and half cups of sugar instead of 2, and it was still too sweet. But otherwise not bad.

This was a great cake to bake. Quick and easy, thanks Chelsea!

This was a great cake to bake. Quick and easy, thanks Chelsea!

Always come back to the dairy free chocolate cake . So easy to whip up, beautifully moist with a tender crumb . Perfect when we need a dairy free treat . Five stars !! So delicious .

I used very soft ghee instead of vegetable oil for a more buttery cake. It was an absolute hit and everyone loved it. Thanks for such an easy and delicious recipe!

First time making this & it turned out beautifully. Cooked for about 1 hr 15min & it was moist. I did find it didn't rise all that much so wasn't a very high cake. Went down very well at a kids party & lots of positive comments. Iced with buttercream

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very good. :)

By far one of the best cakes i have ever made! This cake is soft, light, and very yummy! I do have one question; Can you replace the oil with butter?

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It is DELICIOUS. i took it into my grandpas office at his work in town and everyone loved it. By the end of the day, most of it was GONE! I used this for a homework assignment on instruction writing and i got full marks.

its is delicious my kids love it

so good, never thought i could make such a cake. Just a question - where is it stored best?

CHELSEA SUGAR: Hi there, in cooler weather this cake is great stored in an airtight container at room temperature. In the warmer months, you may wish to store it in the fridge if not consuming within a day or two.

This is one of the best and easiest cakes I have ever made and eaten in my life.
and it's super yum!!! I've made it 4 times and it's perfect every time!!! :) :)

This is so easy to make and maybe the nicest Chocolate Cake EVER!!
Came across this recipe and made it for my husband's (Covid lockdown) birthday - just as well it's lockdown as we don't have to share :)

can you any type of Oil? like canola or cooking oil

CHELSEA SUGAR: Hi there, yes any neutral oil will work well in this recipe.


Completely the best cake I have ever tasted. I didn't find this runny at all. My family and I loved it so much. You sould try it. I would give it a 9.5/10.

Will it fit in a 23x23 cake tin

CHELSEA SUGAR: Yes, that should work well!

The recipe was good, but the cake was disappointing. It was like a supermarket cake in the consistency, looks and taste. I bake to make something special, but this looked like I couldn’t be bothered and had picked a cake up at New World! I think it was the oil that made it like this. Nothin wrong with the recipe, but I just didn’t like this one.

Omg yummmmmmy delish!! I made this with my 3yo and was super easy.
I dont have a food processor so sifted dry ingredients into one bowl except baking soda. Then mixed coffee in water with other wet ingredients in another bowl but reserving 1/4cup milk to heat to mix with baking soda last. Then finally mixed gently altogether to combine with a wooden spoon before mixing until smooth with electric beater.
We used two 20cm spring tins lined between gap to seal, and baked at 160 fan for 50mins. Was so great to be able to give one away and still have the other to eat ourselves. Fantastic! this is my new go to recipe!!!

loved it

I really like your recipes, very good.

Can you use this cake as a layered cake, is it firm enough? Thanks!

CHELSEA SUGAR: Hi there, yes this works well as a layered cake. Enjoy!

I have made this cake many times but only cook for about an hour, then keep checking with a chop stick to make sure inside is cooked, then remove . sooo moist

Amazing and so easy

Hi, I love this recipe, I have made many cakes with this and it's worked out every time!

Could I replace the flour with almond meal and/or gluten free flour with similar results?

CHELSEA SUGAR: Hi there, glad you're enjoying this recipe! Yes, you could replace the flour with gluten-free flour. We wouldn't recommend swapping for almond meal though. Enjoy :)

Love this cake! Have made it into many birthday cakes.
Do you think it would work in cup cake cases?

CHELSEA SUGAR: Hi there, yes this cake works well as cupcakes too :)

I have made this cake four times since finding the recipe 2 weeks ago. Perfect everytime. I don't have a food processor so am sifting dry ingredients/ heating milk and dissolving baking soda/ using an electric mixer medium speed. Fan bake 160 for 90mins and perfect results. Too easy!! Great recipe.

would it matter if you use a cake mixer instead?

CHELSEA SUGAR: Yes you can use a cake mixer or electric beater instead of a food processor :)

Made for first time today...after 40 years of chocolate cake making.
1hour 30 mins at 160 fan bake still soft around edges and very moist inside. Would call this more of a mud cake. Super easy to make. Used large bowl scraper and hand beater. I'd say if you followed recipe exactly this recipe is fool-proof. Appreciated by everyone as a birthday cake today!

Looks like a great cake but I was wondering what whether you had to use coffee? (I'm 12)

CHELSE SUGAR: Hi there, you can leave the coffee out and just use the water. Enjoy!

I have used this recipe countless times for years - it is always moist, soft and excellent and I have passed the recipe on to many people. I only use 1 1/2 cups of sugar and I prefer a 20x30cm cake tin for 35-40 mins. Pays to line the tin for easier removal. I think once you try this chocolate cake you'll never need another. (Use a good gluten free baking mix like Orgran's one if you want a successful gluten free cake.) Thank you Chelsea!!!

Be warned you need a deep cake tin!! Mixture spilled over drastically, seems to taste nice though..

Can I use butter instead of oil and if yes, same measurements?

CHELSEA SUGAR: Hi there, yes you could make this swap but the cake won't be quite as moist. If using butter, increase the quantity to 2/3 cup (165g) and make sure it is soft or melted before mixing.

Please review the cooking time on this. It is far too long and comes out dry. I would suggest 60 mins at the maximum but 80-90 is far too long. Bit disappointed as this will be wasted. 3 star for ease of mixing

Easy to make, great instructions and absolutely delicious!

Best chocolate cake recipe I’ve come across and is now my go to, I have made this cake many times and I usually double the recipe and decorate for kids birthdays. I have a proper cake tin now but if you do use one that clicks shut it will run out unless you close some baking paper in the bottom of it which will seal it shut and hold the mixture in. So yummy! Thanks

This looks like a good recipe.... I am 13 years old and I was wondering if it makes a difference if you don't add the coffee?

CHELSEA SUGAR: Hi there, you should be able to leave out the coffee and just use the water. Happy baking!

Very easy , very quick, moist and has an intense chocolate flavour. Will be using this same recipe to make a Choc Mint cake for a birthday. Thanks Chelsea.

First time I've used this recipe and its amazing!!

how many calories/kjs is in this whole cake?
CHELSEA SUGAR: Hi there, we don't have that information sorry. You can find tools online that will help you calculate this though.

Hi chelsea,
I made this cake for my mums birthday yesterday. She doesn’t like a lot of sugar in her cakes so I reduced the amount by half. To my surprise, it didn’t rise and was super dense! Not sure where I went wrong.
CHELSEA SUGAR: Hi there, reducing the sugar by that much can have a significant effect on the final texture and rise of the cake. For best results, we recommend following the recipe as written.

can i use vegie oil?
CHELSEA SUGAR: Hi there, yes that will be fine.

I baked this for my partner’s birthday (who himself is an excellent baker) and it was very well received by all! Thank you so much for sharing this incredibly easy recipe. I used a hand beater and didn’t put the full 2 cups of sugar (personal preference). It was a little crusty on the top and sides, but was yummy and moist. I used Yvette’s chocolate buttercream icing recipe which made for delicious icing.

Too hot and too long. Very crusty on top. Will try again.

I've been using the same recipe for chocolate cake for years until recently. I used this new recipe during the first Lockdown in April and yep, it sure was running so added a bit more flour to be sure. As I have a large round cake tin, I doubled the mixture and knew it was going to overflow in the oven, so took some of the mixture from the cake tin into a loaf tin. Despite the timing, I still checked on the cake and the loaf tin cooked first whilst left the other cake to bake a bit longer. Well, couldn't wait to taste the first one and man, it was so moist and yummy. Made this recipe a couple of more times since and just put one in the oven for my husband's birthday! This is my NEW chocolate cake recipe, I love it, my family loves it and definitely a crowd pleaser. Thanks Chelsea, this is awesome. I've also used the banana and lemon cakes recipes, again just WOW!!

The cooking time listed is way too long. Mine was done in an hour at 160 degrees on bake setting. Has a lovely texture and chocolatey look.

Love this recipe! I split the mixture between two round/square tins (cook for 30 minutes @160°C fanbake), then spread a layer of ganache in the centre and top with chocolate buttercream icing and shaved dark chocolate :D **note- pays not to use a springform pan as the runny mixture can leak :)

Love this recipe! I split the mixture between two round/square tins, then spread a layer of ganache in the centre and top with chocolate buttercream icing and shaved dark chocolate :D

This is the cake I make all the time especially for birthdays! It is super runny but if you line your baking tin then you should have no problems. It always looks a little burnt on the top but it doesn't taste burnt at all. I reduce the amount of sugar a bit (usually by about 1/2 a cup) and it doesn't make any difference to the taste or texture. Everyone loves it and says how moist it is.
I am intrigued as to how you lined your tin?
P.S. your Favourite Christmas Cake is the best too!

This is my go to cake! I usually double the recipe, make two cakes and stack them on top of each other with icing in the middle! Delicious!! The mixture is very runny and only takes about an hour to cook.

Can i make this recipe into a sheet cake? How long should i bake it for, please?
Chelsea Sugar:
Yes, you can bake this cake as a sheet cake. The baking time will depend on the size of the backing tin you choose to use.

Never fails..perfect every time..and so easy.

Just made it and iced it. Perfect. It is very fine in texture. My go to chocolate cake.

Great cake.

Why did you have to blend it all together? Why were there no instructions?
Chelsea Sugar:
This recipe is easy and requires only a few steps.

Made this cake so many times and each time comes out perfectly amazing :)

I made this cake 3 times. The first time it was perfect and really good. Both the 2nd and 3rd times the cake didn't rise at all. I refused the sugar amount half in both of those times and I'm wondering if it was the cause. But I have done that with other recipes as well without a problem...

Super yummy and came out perfect.

Unfortunately I was one of the people who put it into a cake tin that it poured out of all through the oven to the floor.. whoops. Super runny. But what I managed to save and put into a oven dish was really yum! Light soft and moist.

This is the New Zealand's worst chocolate cake. It was so runny that all of the cake batter was at the bottom of my oven. I am confused maybe something I did. Ridiculous waste of ingredients.

It was ok but I only had to bake it for one hour and if I baked it for any longer it would have burnt. Also I knew it was going to be runny but not so runny that it leaked out of the cake tin.

I am thinking about making this cake but I am only 11 so do I put in the coffee?
Chelsea Sugar:
You can add water instead of coffee.

I’m not a baker but this cake turned out well and is delicious. I made it after eating some my friends daughter made because it was so nice to eat. Very moist and makes a good size cake

This was an amazing looking cake that was absolutely ruined by overcooking. 1 hour 20 or 1 hour 30 is absolute rubbish on 180 Celsius Bake. I did 1 hour 10 mins on 175 to be 'safe' and it was burnt to an absolute crisp. 50 to 55 mins would be ample. Am kicking myself for trusting the recipe and not checking it after 40 mins. The 1 star is for wasting my ingredients Chelsea. Thanks.

It is nice.

Made it the first time, it is runny but came out perfect. So moist and yummy and sooooo easy to make! Our cake took about an hour.

Great recipe!
It works well with gluten free baking mixes and can easily be made dairy free too, if you change the milk.
I have used the recipe to make big cakes and cupcakes as well.
It’s lovely and moist and always gets compliments!
Definitely my go to chocolate cake recipe!

Great easy recipe, rich flavour, light in texture, and moist. Due to its consistency I use a solid base tin not a spring form. I doubled the mixture to use in a 30x30cm square 7cm deep tin. Sliced cake through the middle, added filling, topped with icing, turned out perfect.

Very good.

Hi there, would this work as a vanilla cake as well? if I wanted to marble cake this recipe? Perhaps switch the cocoa for a bit of vanilla? Thanks.
Chelsea Sugar:
You could leave the coco out of 1/3 of the batter and then marble the plain and chocolate batters together.

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My 9 yr old daughter and I made this tonight.
Easy to make, really moist and delicious. Bit of breakage on the top but the icing covered it up and was yum.

I made this recipe and was a little shocked at how much it rose in the oven, it went back down as time went on.. it came out fantastic!

NB I tried to make this same recipe with a shaped cake mold (unicorn) it overflowed all through the oven.. don't do that. Make it a normal round one it comes out amazeballs, also I switched to decaf coffee granules as it does give a slight kick to those who are sensitive to caffeine.

Super easy to make, I don't have a good processor but a bowl and a mixer do the job just as well. This recipe is a keeper!

I've made this cake several times now. It's never failed me, is super easy and is always a crowd pleaser. Defiantly my go to.

The mixture was so runny it was leaking through the side of the cake tin. Not sure if i made it too runny

Tasty, and easy as, my husband and I really enjoyed it. Turned out beautiful. Thankyou

It tastes so good a nd the recipe is really easy

Great cake! Easy recipe. I thought it wasn't going to fit in my food processor, but it did, just. I also only cooked it for 1 hour 10 minutes and it was cooked enough (in my oven).

Yummiest chocolate cake in the world and I love helping mum make it

Best Choc cake ever. I make this cake all the time. Family and Friends love it !!

Oh it was beautiful looking - just like your picture, BUT, inside it was strange with little holes and rubbery. Where did I go wrong???

My go to cake. Never fails, moist and full of chocolate flavour.

Very good, I use this recipe a lot.

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Is this cake overly sweet if it is am I able to reduce the sugar amount?
CHELSEA SUGAR: We don't recommend reducing the amount of sugar as this may affect the quality of the cake.

Like wow. This cake is just the best. Like one person said one egg chocolate cake was their favourite. Well I agree, this surpasses that by miles. My go to now in chocky cake.

The best chocolate cake so far! Its rich, moist and soft!! And most of all so easy to make!

So easy & good 5/5 stars

I absolutely love love love this recipe. Best chocolate cake recipe ever. Simple but delicious, always use this recipe for when I make birthday cakes. Comes out rich and moist, definitely recommend everyone to use this recipe.

LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!,!!,!!,!,!,!,,!,!,,,!,!,,,,!!!!!!!

Very Tasty

I really liked this chocolate cake. It was quite rich, but delicious. It really had a chocolaty
flavor. It was easy to make, and it rises well. IT WAS GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD!

This is a really excellent, reliable recipe, with a great taste and texture. I've made it often and it has always worked out wel. I tried it this Easter, substituting Olivo orange infused oil for the plain sunflower oil and it produced a wonderful jaffa-style flavour.

I loved this recipe.
It was the first time I made it and it was amazing.
Before you bake it does taste a lot of coffee but once baked it just enhances the flavor and you can't taste it. Perfect for making birthday cakes.

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Lovely easy recipe, throw it all in and mix. I would like to know how to successfully bake a double mix of this delicious recipe.

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Followed the recipe except that I reduced sugar by almost half and set the oven temp at 170 Celsius. Cake was cooked in 50 minutes. I used melted Whittaker’s Creamy Milk Chocolate mixed with melted butter and a little hot water for icing. It was deliciously moist, and gone within one sitting when the whanau came to visit!

One of my all time favourites. Works without a doubt every time and a popular request amongst the family. Love how moist the oil makes it rather than using butter. Always looks and tastes delicious. 10/10 recommend!

This chocolate cake is a massive hit in our house. It is often requested as birthday cakes. Have done variations of creams in centre but still prefer it original. I use hot chocolate powder instead of coffee granules.

Quick, easy and delicious

I am in love with this recipe. It is a family favourite for sure. I only bake it for 55 minutes and it always comes out perfect ! It also lasts for days although it is usually gone by then.

Tried this recipe but it became a disaster. Cake was not soft at all. Will never try this again.

I have made this cake about 20 times for different occasions my brother said its the best cake in the world!

I love this recipe I never fail on this on any occasion and people love eating this chocolate cake.
Thanks for this great recipe.


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This is AMZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Even though it's runny at the start it's perfect!

I wish it was written In the notes (not just on the video) that the temperature is 160 for a fan forced oven as I have a burnt birthday cake.
CHELSEA: sorry about that. We've updated the recipe.

I only cooked it for 50 minutes but it was so good! Topped it with whipped cream & strawberries & I ate half the thing myself within 2 days LOL

Absolutely beautiful and moist cake. Totally love it!!!!

Love this recipe. Stays moist for a long time too. Even my partner commented on how good it is. Quick and easy to make and goes good with vanilla ice cream haha

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Such a good recipe! it Was a total hit, yum

As above says do I just throw all ingredients in bowel or dry together soda in milk beat butter sugar etc.
Chelsea Sugar:
Please place all ingredients into a food processor and process until well combined and smooth.

Love this recipe, I have made it 4 times now for friends and family birthdays and special occasions. just wondering if it can be used in the mini cake tins? Might give this a try over the weekend.

Best cake ever, Love , have made several times now. My Son is a fan.

This is a terrific recipe.

Excellent simple and easy , with brilliant results every time ,!!!!!

Very good recipe

Never had a fail with this recipe, works every time

Great easy recipe...caution to those using springform pans...make sure you line up the sides and bottom or pop a tray in the bottom to catch the drips.

Would it be better to use brown sugar to make the make more moist? Or is white sugar better for this recipe?
CHELSEA: soft brown sugar can be used, it will make the cake moister.

Made this cake 3 times in less than a week. So, so easy and so good!

It was really easy to make and tasted delicious! So lovely and moist, only had to bake in the oven for 50 minutes

It was really fun to make and taste delicious :P

I made this last week for the first time, so easy and delicious. Comments from family were, "best choc cake they'd had for years"! Second one in oven now!!

I needed a large cake recipe - this is the perfect birthday cake - very moist and easy to make - thank you Chelsea!

This chocolate cake is the best cake I have tasted. Easy to make. So moist. Super delicious.

Don't try make this using a tin with removable sides. It will run out the gap in the seam... Haha

So easy to make and lasts well, we had cake leftovers for around 4 days and it was still tasty.

Love this recipe never fails great for cupcakes too

Best chocolate cake ever! I make my children’s birthday cakes with this recipe, I make a double mixture each time and they always turn out perfectly! Everyone comments on how delicious the cake is! I turn my oven down to 160 as I have a hot oven! Thank you Chelsea! :)

Awesome cake so rich and moist. Delicious in every way. I use a chocolate buttercream to ice!

Awesome cake, made this three times now, my son absolutely loves it. yummmy

Best recipe ever. It's my go to cake. You can even use the recipe for other flavours. Currently got a banana version in the oven. Super easy and moist and light. My kids and I make them often. Do advise lowering the temp to 160.

Best chocolate cake ever! This is my go to recipe. So moist and rich and so easy to make too!

I have a hot oven and only bake for 50 mins to an hour. Yummy with raspberry jam and cream in the middle

Good recipe, nice and easy to make. Have one in the oven now! I have a fan bake oven, so always cook at 160.

Best choc cake ever. My 6 year old helped me pour everything into the blender. Substituted a cup of strong plunger coffee for the instant. Moist and kept well in the fridge. Thanks!

Only took an hour in my oven and I had to turn the temp down to 160 as it started to smell burnt. A bit crispy on top but rose well and tasted good

Great cake love this recipe ❤️

This is such an easy recipe for such an amazing result! The cake it delicious and moist.

Have made this cake twice ( thinking I may have made a mistake the first time).
Both times it turned out VERY dense and stoggy not like a chocolate cake at all.
Have you tested this Chelsea? I am an experienced baker and was very disappointed.
CHELSEA: Hi there, sorry to hear this hasn't worked out for you. This recipe has lots of good reviews, and we have tested it many times. It is quite a dense, moist cake but shouldn't be stodgy at all. The only thing we can think of is that perhaps your baking soda or baking powder is out of date, and the cake therefore hasn't risen properly?

Best chocolate cake ever!

So good!! Turns out perfect every time. Just like my mum used to make with the runny recipe.

I did this by hand, not in a food processor. The mixture turns out extremely liquidy like the recipe warned, I found that some of the oil floated on the top and I couldn't mix it in, so I added a sprinkling of extra flour to help it all combine but not to thicken the mixture. I baked it for an hour as my oven gets quite hot. The cake turned out delicious, chocolatey and moist. Very easy to make!

Made a double mix the other week. Butter choc icing on one and butter lemon icing on the other. Used only 2/3 the amount of sugar. Beautifully moist. Delicious - just simply scrumptiously delicious

Should I use a US customery cup (236.588 ml) cup or an Imperial cup (284.131) ?CHELSEA: Either cup is fine with the required amount of ingredient/s as per the recipe.

This is a brilliant recipe and fail safe. I don't use a food processor as mine won't take all the mixture. I just sieve dry ingredients together then whisk it all instead. Have had numerous people who don't like chocolate cake fall in love with this one. Guaranteed winner here.

i love this recipe

Easy to make and moist

So easy to make.
And so so moist!! Just perfect xo

This is my go to birthday cake everytime. Everyone loves it. Never ever fail either.

Yep - that worked! Confess I cut the sugar back by half a cup, but it made no difference to the result. Was cooking it for a dessert, so piled on some whipped cream, berries, and grated a good helping of 70% dark choc across the top. Lip smackingly good! The platter got cleaned out quick smart. Will be coming back to this one for sure.

Easy, delicious, and moist. My go-to chocolate cake - great as a layer cake with sugar syrup between layers (to keep the cake moist longer) and chocolate buttercream.


Best cake

My go to recipe for chocolate cake. Tastes great everytime.

This is my go-to recipe whenever I need to make a chocolate cake. It is easy and has never failed me yet! I often make it with gluten free flour and it always works well either way.

Absolutely wonderful cake. So moist and chocolaty. Love how u chuck in the blender and wizz it up. Super easy.

This was fabulous! It's easy, quick and yumm. The coffee gives it a unique taste.
My latest favourite chocolate cake!
Thank you!

Ver very veryyy nice recipe Thank you so muchhhhh. We enjoyed with this. It was too awesome!!!!

Awesome cake recipe. very easy to make and fool prof. This recipe was a hit for my friend's

Love this cake, it's now my go to chocolate cake as it's so easy to make. It's rich and moist not like a lot of other chocolate cakes. Every time I make it everyone loves it. YUM!

Such an easy recipe and the cake has a beautiful moist texture. Also doesn't dry out like a lot of other cakes.

This is the best chocolate cake EVER!! I was always a go to for the edmonds one egg sponge, but this cake surpasses my trusty old faithful and has taken pride of place. The only issue I sometimes find is when I want to bake it, I forget the name and get presented with all manner of chocolate cake recipes. I know when I've got the right one when I see the coffee, water, sugar, flour.... in order. I just bang everything in my food processor, turn it on, pour it out and watch the magic happen.
Such a dense, moist, chocolatey chocolate cake.
And now that I've become vegan, it didn't take too much to change. Rice or nut milk and 1 mashed banana to replace the eggs.
So simple!!

Lovely easy recipe, dark chocolate moist cake, my husband told he smelt burning at 1 hour and lucky he did as i checked and was totally cooked inside and was a little too dark and crisp on top with a slightly burned taste so i think maybe should be less for fan ovens? I will try it again though and check after 40 or 50 mins.

Best chocolate cake ever! I always use this recipe for cakes and cupcakes. This will always be the 'never fail' recipe of choice!

Made this 3 times now , I will never use another chocolate cake recipe again , this one is saved for life .

Best recipe! And so fast and easy

I haven't made this yet, but would this recipe work in a 10 cup silicon mould? We have a castle one that my daughter wants for her birthday, and it has lots of intricate little turret bits. I need something that won't fall apart!! Thank you!
CHELSEA: Hi there, yes we think this cake would be good for that. The mixture is quite runny and the cake not crumbly so should work well for forming the turrets. We'd love to see a photo of it once complete!

Real bad texture, was like liquid, had to add a bit of flour but didn't want to change it just in case it changed it even more. No good for me.

Easiest chocolate cake recipe I've made yet. Love not having to cream butter and sugar. I double the coffee for a stronger coffee flavour. Didn't taste baking sodery at all when I made it. Definitely a 5 star recipe.

This is my go to cake recipe for my kids birthdays, so easy and always comes out moist and yummy (don't usually do "reviews" but saw a couple of 1 stars here, am wondering if they had oven issues or put in wrong amount of ingredients?).

Terrible recipe.... burnt on top and undercooked through the middle. Cake itself is not very chocolatey and is sticky. Won't make again.

My son and I made this cake last night. It is absolutely beautiful.Yum Yum Yum :-)

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Incredible! I love this chocolate cake recipe! It's so rich and moist. Sometimes I add some rum and make Black Forest cake.

This cake is so moist and delicious. Such an easy recipe and can be used for cupcakes too!

So quick & easy to put together, turns out very well, so moist.

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Love this chocolate cake. So easy to make and fool prof

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Amazing recipe, so easy to whip together it's a favourite in our family. I cook for 50 mins and it's perfect.

Burnt after an hours and tasted like baking soda and sour coffee. Mixture was very runny but I didn't do anything as i was told it should be like this. Grr

A lovely chocolate cake for afternoon tea

The cake has a strong baking soda flavour and wasn't very nice to eat. Not chocolaty at all

this chocolate cake recipe is amazing

Just learning how to bake but the chocolate cake turned out super. Shared the receipe already. Thanks

No this chocolate cake did not work for me, nice and moist but did not taste that nice. shame because was looking forward to it but it didn't work.

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This chocolate cake recipe was all g man.

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This is such an easy chocolate cake recipe.. moist and decadent..turn out amazing..loved it!!!

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This chocolate cake is irresistibly moist and decadent..turn out amazing..loved it..:)

After baking for 40+years it has shown me that you need to try New recipes.I will look forward to trying some of the other recipes from the baking club.

Made this chocolate cake today and it was the best ! I don't usually like chocolate cake but will be making this again and again thanks Chelsea. Oh and I iced it with Dark Almond Chocolate icing just for a extra treat!

Can you freeze this amazing chocolate cake
CHELSEA: yes, you can freeze this cake!

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Fantastic chocolate cake recipe - no fail super moist cake

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Love this chocolate cake. So easy to make

I doubled this chocolate cake recipe and cooked it on my wood stove for 2 hours and it was perfect. Great recipe.

Love this chocolate cake recipe. Only needed 50 minutes in my oven. It's a keeper, have written out in my Recipe 'Bible' which will be handed down to my children one day.

Best chocolate cake recipe ever and super easy to make!

This is a delicious moist chocolate cake. Easy to put together without heaps of butter in it

Best chocolate cake recipe ever!

Yummy chocolate cake indeed, I only used one cup of sugar.

Super quick and easy chocolate cake! Awesome to ice, and very scrummy! Only problem is that everyone loved it, and it went so quickly!! Love this recipe thanks Chelsea!! ☺!

This is my favourite no fail go to Chocolate cake recipe. I love it and it works every single time! Do not worry that it is runny when you put it in the oven, it comes out so moist and lovely, well worth it.

I made this chocolate cake based on all the reviews and it was easy, moist and very tasty. I omitted the coffee and it only needed 55mins in my oven. Highly recommended.

Moist, easy to do chocolate cake and hardly any dishes. It tastes yummy and everyone loved it. Best cake ever! Thanks Chelsea!

I LOVED it sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much!!! I LOVE Chelsea's Cakes!!! #Best!Cake!Ever! :D

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Nicest chocolate cake - I left out 1 c sugar as I don't like my cake too sweet. I used 3 eggs as 2 of them were small. I also liked how easy this cake was to make.

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Looove this chocolate cake! It's so easy and so yummy.

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Easy yummy chocolate cake and turns out perfect every time :)

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Love this chocolate cake recipe♥♥

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I decided 2 cups of sugar was too much so I only did 1 and the chocolate cake was still absolutely amazing. Super simple and easy. If you want too add a little something to make it less boring I recommend making a caramel sauce. Yum!

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Lovely moist chocolate cake - I made it into cupcakes & it was perfect because they stayed flat & were perfect for icing. It made about 60! Beautiful, moist & possibly the easiest recipe I have ever made!

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Best chocolate cake recipe ever!

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So much chocolate cake - so little time... To eat that is. The best ever moist cake and just so simple....

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Yum did de yum yum chocolate cake.

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Best chocolate cake ever!

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My 'go-to' chocolate cake recipe. Never fails

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Delicious and so easy. My number 1 chocolate cake recipe now.

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Loved this chocolate cake was so good.

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Yummy chocolate cake. Quick and easy to make.

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This is THE BEST choc cake I have ever made and it is totally easy and fool proof !! This is my go to choc cake from now on :)

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Really chocolatey and moist. Is very liquidy when you pour it into the cake tin but it does work

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My work colleague recommended this chocolate cake recipe to me. WOW so easy to make and delicious! My go to cake.

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I split the mix into 2 tins and sandwiched the two together with cream, Yummo!! Such a moist chocolate cake I highly recommend it :)

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Very, very nice chocolate cake, wonderful for the family. Will make again soon.

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LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this chocolate cake recipe! It's my go-to recipe for birthday cakes! Super moist and everyone always enjoys.

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The chocolate cake is good, and nice.

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it was my first chocolate CAKE!!! :) soooo good.

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This is the easiest chocolate cake. I always come back to this one if I need to whip up a quick cake.

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Best chocolate cake ever!!!...and so simple!

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Used for all our birthdays.

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My kids & I make this chocolate cake all the time now when we crave something sweet. Delicious

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This chocolate cake was easy to make. My family definitely loved it & it was still moist after two days!!

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Easy as chocolate cake to make and tastes awesome. The whole family and friends love it.

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This chocolate cake is super easy to make and for people on the go is an impressive but fool proof choc cake that never fails to impress.

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Such an easy recipe and a beautifully moist chocolate cake!! Have also tried making it into mini cakes and worked very well for those too!

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I just made this chocolate cake with my 6 year old son, so easy to make and OMGosh it is sooooo yummy!!! :)

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This is such an easy chocolate cake, if I can have success with this then anyone can!!!! Delicious

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