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Easy chocolate cake

  • 0:10 Prep
  • 1:20 Cook
  • 10 Servings

Ingredients

  • Melted butter or margarine, for greasing
  • 250g unsalted butter
  • 200g dark chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 110g (1/2 cup) caster sugar
  • 100g (1/2 cup, firmly packed) brown sugar
  • 250ml (1 cup) warm water
  • 340g (2 1/4 cups) plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 eggs, lightly whisked

Chocolate icing

  • 600g dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup thickened cream

Method

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease a 22cm round cake pan with melted butter or margarine. Line base with non-stick baking paper.
  • 2
    Combine unsalted butter, chocolate, sugars and water in a heat resistant bowl or in the top of a double saucepan and stir over a saucepan of simmering water until melted and well combined (see microwave tip). Remove from heat and stand until lukewarm.
  • 3
    Sift together the flour and baking powder, and then gently mix into the chocolate mixture with a whisk until thoroughly combined. Whisk in the eggs. pour mixture into the prepared cake pan and bake in preheated oven for 1 1/4 hours or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Remove from oven and stand in pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.
  • 4
    Make chocolate icing: Place chocolate and cream in a glass or ceramic microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on medium (50%) for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds with a metal spoon, or until smooth. Stand at room temperature until thickened.
  • 5
    Ice cake with chocolate icing before serving.

Source: taste.com.au

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