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Easy Chocolate Cake

By Chelsea Sugar
Easy Chocolate Cake
12 servings
  • 137 reviews

  • Difficulty Easy
  • Prep time 10 mins
  • Cooking time 50 mins
  • Serves

    1 3/4 cups Edmonds Standard Grade Flour
    1/2 cup cocoa powder
    2 tsp Edmonds Baking Powder
    1 cup Chelsea White Sugar
    125g Tararua Butter
    2 Tbsp Chelsea Golden Syrup
    2 eggs
    1 1/2 cups Meadow Fresh Original Milk
    2 tsp Edmonds Baking Soda
    1 tsp vanilla essence

    1 1/2 cups Chelsea Icing Sugar
    1 Tbsp cocoa powder
    50g Tararua Butter, softened
    2 Tbsp Water


    Preheat oven to 180°C bake. Grease and line a high-sided 20cm round cake tin.

    Mix together the Edmonds Standard Grade Flour, cocoa, Edmonds Baking Powder and Chelsea White Sugar

    In separate bowl, melt the Tararua Butter and Chelsea Golden Syrup together (about 1 minute on high in the microwave usually does it). 

    In another bowl whisk the eggs, then whisk in the Meadow Fresh Original Milk, Edmonds Baking Soda and vanilla. Add both the butter mix and the egg/milk mix to dry ingredients and beat on medium for 1 minute.

    Spoon into prepared tin and level the surface. Bake for 50-60 minutes, until the top of the cake bounces back when lightly pressed and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Cool in tin for 10-15 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. 

    Place all icing ingredients in a medium bowl. Beat on low to combine, then increase speed to high and beat until smooth and creamy. Spread onto cooled cake.

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Average Rating
(137 reviews)

It was awesome, I'm 11 and made it by myself. I was surprised how moist it was.

I really disliked the texture of the cake? It was super grainy, and I've never had any issues with this recipe before????

Everyone I make this cake for raves about it. Yummm I've even made it with soy milk and dairy free spread and it was still delish



I think it was easy to make and tasty
if you are looking for a complex dish then dont make this.
but i liked it

Perfect and yum



Really easy to follow and so delicious.

not that bad i guess

it was geat


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Turned out really well. It's very runny mixture. I thought I put to much milk in at first. I put it in a large loaf pan, then panicked thinking it would overflow, then I realized I had left out the baking powder (ha ha) so that saved the day. It had a nice rise in any case. The texture is perfect and it's so moist. Will be making again, so very easy. Thanks Chelsea.

I’m a non baker but lockdown makes you do crazy things! Cake turned out well. Will definitely make again.

it was useful and fast

it was really nice good for a family

This was such an amazing recipe (the mix and icing). I used this to make 12 muffins and fan baked them.

I highly recommend this recipe :) I used self raising flour so i didn't add baking powder as it's already in self-raising and added a few pinches of baking soda.

Also I had a bit of batter left over and didn't want to waste it so I poured the left over batter into a regular mug cup and microwaved it for 2 mins and 35 secs. Poured a bit of icing on it and it was so good that I only got to eat have a spoon lol (my niece wanted it for herself).


I am 8 years old it was easy and YUMMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


was straight forward to make and smells delicious!

Was amazing and simple great to do with the kids

Nice moist cake.. easy to make

It tastes delicious I made it myself and it was easy to make. It was so worth the wait for a delicious tasty chocolate cake. It was a bit hard at the beginning with all the steps also I am age 10. You should really try it!


This is such a great idea for when you're bored. My family as well as me loved it. I would give it a 9.5 /10, you should try it.

This cake was mean everyone complaining just get better at baking

yum yum! I made it

This recipe created so many dishes I got in lots of trouble. but the cake is tasty

it was easy to make and tasty

it was good

Built different

Easy recipe to follow, quick and easy. The cake itself was fluffy, moist and tasted amazing.

Light, fluffy and moist.

the cake was moist, fluffy, amazing taste, and an easy recipe truly delicious. :)


This is an amazing recipe and I highly recommend it.
its a very easy tasty recipe and I am 11 and made this cake
without any help.

The cake was moist, fluffy, amazing taste and an easy recipe truly delicious.

I love the recipe now me and my brother work well together.


I love this recipe so much. Thank you a lot it really helped me. It was so easy and quick. Tasted divine.

It raised well but too high and too much crust!

Simple to follow, quick recipe. Lovely, moist chocolate cake.

I left the banking soda out. Added 4 bananas then put custard over the top. Yummy yummy.

It's very yummy and tasty. The icing tasted nice and chocolatey but all it needs is chocolate chips in the cake. That's the only thing that I didn't enjoy about it.

Can you leave the cocoa powder out of this? I ran out.
Chelsea Sugar:
Unfortunately, this ingredient cannot be omitted or substituted in this recipe. Perhaps you could bake a vanilla cake.


It is such a good recipe. Thank you for the recipe.

So delicious easy peasy one of the best recipes I have followed. Moist soft, yummy and just perfect didn't wait for icing was just as yummy. A+++

But it could rise a little higher. :)

First time baking, everyone absolutely loved it. Thank you Chelsea, you did it again ❤

It was lovely and easy to make!

I made this cake 5 times in a row because of how good it was. 10/10 from me and my family LOVED it.

Nice and easy but I think you may need to dissolve the baking soda in warm milk so it becomes frothy and you won't taste it in the cake.


It tastes like the yummiest cake in the universe.

It’s good and easy


So Good.

I could really taste the baking powder or soda.

Just made this cake for my dad but he didn’t get a chance to eat it - all the mokos got there first.

Lovely cake. I loved making it - it was so yummy. A little dry but it was nice!

Amazing cake! Made it for 7 of my friends' birthdays!

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I made this for the first time for my daughters birthday. I could taste the baking soda so next time I make it I will put less in.

This is the best chocolate cake I’ve ever had. I took a slice to school once and gave a bit to my friends and within minutes I had five orders for cake for their birthdays. This is an easy cake to make and is always delicious. 10/10 incredible.

Easy to make and great taste

Old favorite for many many years.! Love it.

This cake is delicious. :) thank you

it looks so yummy and i want to make alot of chocolate c ake because of your delious hocolate cake it is so spectacular cake Chelsea


delicious in microwave with cream on top

Yummy cake, so light and fluffy. Made it in a rectangle cake tin so not so big, cut up un-iced and put in the freezer. Also great heated in the microwave with some chocolate sauce and icecream.


This cake is delicious



Good made it for my teachers b´day!

This is not, I stress, NOT a recipe for a 20 cm cake tin. It's for a 23 cm tin, so please CHANGE the recipe to reflect this. I have a very messy oven with chocolate cake flowing to the bottom thanks to your misdirection.

I understand that members' recipes are not tested; so I specially chose a Chelsea Sugar recipe for reliability. You have let me down badly, Chelsea.

Lovely & moist just as a chocolate cake should be. The ones who said different obviously didn't follow the recipe.

Really moist just as a chocolate cake should be

i was disgusting

5 stars cause it looked pretty good and the icing was great

I think that this was a great recipe for my kids and I will do it for their birthdays

Cake itself tasted bland and dry. Not too exciting, not sure what I've done wrong, especially given the comments and I tend to follow recipes to the T.

It was pretty lit

this is the worst dry yuk cake in the world

Awesome vanilla cake the lemon zest jumped out at me

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scrumptious and beautiful

Delicious and scrumptious. I loved the cake it was nice and chocolatey and moist,but it was a little bit dry.


This is one of the most moist flavorful recipes for chocolate cake I've made.
It's great with chocolate buttercream or fresh cream and walnuts. I used this recipe on the weekend for a 50th birthday cake and I added half a can of beetroot juice (from canned beetroot). You can't taste it but it does enhance the chocolate flavor.

It is so tasty and I love to bake! (especially cakes!)

Very nice cake.

This cake tasted like hot mush! DO NOT MAKE

It's a really great recipe. Just don't really see the point in the golden syrup.

Absolutely delicious! Best Chocolate cake recipe ever.

looks goooooood

its awesome for an easy chocolate cake recipe

I like this recipe and I make it every day for my family. Thanks.




I think its an amazing recipe you should share more chocolate cake recipes because I'm doing exploration to learn about my passion thanks for sharing the chocolate cake recipe (:

It is a really easy recipe to follow and I recommend it.


This cake is amazing, it’s delicious. Quick and easy. At first you think that you have done something wrong with the batter because its very wet. But it's fine after getting baked.
Amazing cake recipe!

That is so good

Sooo delicious.........Highly recommend and so easy to make.

We didn't have golden syrup so we used honey instead. It worked really well :-)

it was good

Delicious . I made this cake in the kitchen whizz. Most successful . Absolute fav of everyone.

Hi. I thought this was a good recipe and a comment that I had to make is that it didn't take an hour to bake but then I might have used a different tin to what you guys have used but I thought that I would just say that. Overall it's a good recipe and people ate it quickly. Definitely recommend it ☺


I've made this several times now and defo the best choc cake recipe :)

Not sure what went wrong but I followed recipe and it was a horrible heavy tasting cake definitely won't be making this again yuk

So good and really yum. But soooooooooooooooo many dishes


I baked this cake for my mum and she loved it soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much

thanks so much its so easy


Very good

Great but a lot of dishes after.

After many years of successfully baking gluten free I was recently in need of a gluten flour cake. I made this cake and it was amazing. It was just as good a few days later too.




I made this for my friend's birthday and she loved it.

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This cake is the best one I've ever tasted, you have got to try it is soooooooooo yummy !!!

So quick and easy! Everyone loved it :)

I will make it tomorrow it looks great

It was so easy to make it was my first ever chocolate cake i used self raising flour for this one and was awesome. I will be using this recipe once again................:D

is there chocolate icing to go with it?
CHELSEA: thanks for the feedback. We've added a chocolate icing recipe. Enjoy!

Okay My Cousins Loved It

It's a fantastic, yummy, delicious chocolate cake recipe.

Perfect recipe for muffins as well. Took 20 minutes in the oven. Came out light and moist, so easy to make.

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This was an quick and easy recipe make this into cupcakes ☺

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Easy to make and tastes beautiful

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