Chocolate buttermilk cake

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Serves: 6

By dizzydixies

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  • 285g icing sugar

  • 1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda

  • 350g caster sugar

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • 1 tsp vanilla essence

  • 50g cocoa powder

  • 2 tsp cocoa powder

  • 250ml buttermilk

  • 3 tsp melted butter

  • 100g soft butter

  • 2 eggs

  • 225g plain flour


  1. Pre-heat oven to 180C/gas mark 4. and line base of 2x22cm tins OR 3x18cm tins and grease the sides.
  2. Put softened butter and sugar into large bowl and beat together till light and fluffy.
  3. Add eggs one at a time and beat well.
  4. Sieve flour, cocoa, baking powder and bicarb of soda into the butter and sugar mix and then pour into the buttermilk and add vanilla essence stirring well to create smooth dough.
  5. Divide between cake tins and bake for 19-25 minutes until just set in centre.
  6. Allow to sit in the tin for 5 minutes and then onto turn out a wire rack.

Making the icing:

  1. Sieve icing sugar and cocoa powder into a bowl then beat in butter and boiling water (adding water gradually as may only need 1 or 2 tablespoons).
  2. Sandwich cakes together with layer of icing in middle then ice top of cake.

Handy Hint

Dip metal knife into hot water before and during the icing of cake to give it a shiny gloss

Additional Information

  • Nut Free

  • Vegetarian

  • Cake/Dessert

  • Biscuit and sweets

  • Kids can help

  • Make Ahead

  • chocolate

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  • Bakingnovice 13/02/13 18:35

    This recipe is so easy, almost foolproof. I cut down the sugar and sandwiched the cakes together with whipped cream. It's the most moist choc cake, and although cocoa powder can be dry and bitter the cake was soft and gorgeous. I cooked the cakes nearer 30 mins. Brilliant recipe! Made a huge cake when sandwiched together with cream. My dd helped me make it and loved all the mixing. Very child friendly.

  • Smac 30/06/10 16:02

    Great moist chocolate cake.

  • WhatFreshHellIsThis 03/04/10 14:16

    Fabulous recipe, makes a really moist and yummy cake. Made it for DS2's birthday cakes (one for home and one for nursery) and have been pestered for recipe ever since. Very easy, too. Needs longer in my oven than the recipe says.

  • extremelychocolateymilkroll 08/11/09 23:07

    Thanks for this recipe - it was gorgeous. Made an enormous cake. Can it be frozen?