Easy Chocolate Birthday Cake Recipe

Chocolate Birthday Cake Recipe

Cooking time: 75 minutes

Serves: 12+ slices

Ingredients for cake:

  • 200g caster sugar
  • 200g self raising flour
  • 200g chocolate
  • 200g butter (room temperature)
  • 2 tsp vanilla paste or extract
  • 2 or 3 gratings of orange rind
  • 6 eggs 

Ingredients for chocolate buttercream:

  • 200g chocolate
  • 200g icing sugar
  • 200g butter (room temperature)
  • since of salt
Chocolate Birthday Cake Recipe
Easy Birthday Cake Recipe

Method for cake:

  1. Melt 200g of chocolate
  2. Meanwhile cream together the butter and the sugar using a spoon or electric whisk.
  3. Once the chocolate has melted add it to the creamed butter & sugar and stir well.
  4. Add an egg to the chocolate mixture then add a spoonful of the flour and mix with an electric whisk or by hand.
  5. Repeat this for each of the eggs.
  6. Add vanilla paste
  7. Add grating of orange
  8. finally add the rest of the flour
  9. Mix all the ingredients together well
  10. I used two 21cm Victoria Sandwich tins, but you could use one larger tin. Grease and flour your tin(s). 
  11. Pour the mixture the tin(s)
  12. Cook for 30 to 40 minutes at 160C. Check at 30 minutes with a cake tester and remove from the oven if cake tester comes our cleanly.




  1. This recipe is based on a chocolate celebration cake the Jamie Oliver cooked for his daughter on Channel 4 “Carry on Cooking” during the Covid-19 Lockdown.
  2. It has already become a real favourite in my household and we’ll be making this for birthdays, anniversaries and any other suitable excuse we can find! 

Method for buttercream:

  1. Melt 200g of chocolate in a bowl over boiling water 0 don’t let the bowl touch the water.
  2. Sieve the icing sugar into a seperate bowl
  3. Cube the butter and add to the bowl with the icing sugar
  4. Use an electric whisk to mix the icing sugar and butter until it forms a cream
  5. Add the melted chocolate and pinch of salt
  6. Mix again to incorporate the chocolate
  7. Now use this glue the cake together and cover all the surface and then decorate according to your celebration. 


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  1. William

    Very good

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