This has to be the easiest chocolate cake recipe, ideal for a last-minute birthday cake for a chocolate lover.

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Recipe tip: You don't need to use a chocolate with a high cocoa percentage for this, just standard dark chocolate is fine


  • 150g self-raising flour
  • 30g cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 175g muscovado sugar
  • 175g butter, softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 50g dark chocolate, melted


  • 200g butter, softened
  • 200g icing sugar
  • 200g dark chocolate, melted


  • STEP 1

    Heat the oven to 180C/fan 170C/gas 4. Line and butter 2 x 20cm sandwich tins.

  • STEP 2

    Put all cake ingredients into the food processor and whizz until smooth. If the mix is a little stiff, add 1-2 tbsp water and whizz again.

  • STEP 3

    Divide between tins, level and bake for 20 minutes or until springy. Leave for 5 minutes then cool on a rack.

  • STEP 4

    Clean the food processor. Whizz the butter and icing sugar, add the chocolate, whizz again, then sandwich and ice the cake.

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