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Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Icing

Happy Birthday Little One !

Today we celebrated Little One's special day ... her big '2' ... my little baby is now a big girl. Hehehe ... she is still a little bit too young to understand what is a birthday all about but I think she is getting the idea more or less : delicious cake, blow-out candles and tearing those beautiful wrappers with surprises inside.;-)

Her grand-mère dressed our little princess in her beautiful little red dress bought by her ma ma (maternal grandma) with cute little pigtails while we were busy putting up the decorations and getting everything ready before her grand entrance. However she caught us in the act.:-p She was more attracted to the balloons on the ceiling than all the deco that we have put up for her like rose petals (compliments from our garden) sprinkled all over the table and the colourful garlands hanging from the wall to the ceiling. Then she saw those lovely petals and climbed on top of the table and started dancing.:-D Looks like a star is born.;-) This year she is quite spoiled on her birthday: a swing, a sandbox, 4 DVDs (all her favourite characters), a set of kitchen utensils (toy version of course), a set of mini cars (she loves cars like her dad), aquadoodle, a dress, a CD player and a Lego set. Oh... she went to visit her great great aunt this afternoon and they celebrated her birthday there again... she gets to eat more cakes and got another present. Shh... more presents are on the way from Singapore - she doesn't know that yet.;-)

Originally I wanted to make a chocolate Teddy bear cake for her on her birthday but I had to scrap that plan as I have never done anything like this before and it was not the right the time to do an experiment.:-p In the end, I made a simple chocolate cake and decorated it the best I can.

The chocolate cake recipe that I'm sharing with you today is one that I found on the Internet a few years back and it has since been a favourite in our family.:-) For this special day, I made this cake with chocolate icing.

Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Icing
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 1½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ salt
  • 4 tbsp cocoa powder (non sweetened)
  • ¾ cup of milk
  • 113g butter (melted)
  • ¾ cup flour

Chocolate Icing

  • 1½ cups icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp butter (softened)
  • 2 or 3 squares dark chocolate (made for dessert)
  • ¼ cup hot water
  1. Preheat the oven at 175°C (350°C - gas mark 4) and butter a round 20 cm diameter cake pan.
  2. In a big bowl, beat the eggs and sugar together until it is light and fluffy.
  3. Stir in the vanilla extract, baking powder and salt.
  4. Add in the cocoa slowly.
  5. Then the milk and the cooled down melted butter.
  6. Stir in the flour.
  7. Pour the batter into the cake pan and bake in the oven for about 40 - 45 minutes. When inserted into the cake, the toothpick should not come out completely clean. The cake is supposed to be a bit moist.
  8. Let the cake cool for about 10 minutes before turning it out on the wire rack to cool completely.
  9. Pour or spread the cooled chocolate icing on the cake and decorate it as the way you wanted it. Refrigerate it for a while so that the icing gets set nicely.

Chocolate Icing

  1. Sift the icing sugar, cocoa powder and the dark chocolate pieces into a bowl.
  2. Add butter and hot water and beat with a wooden spoon until smooth.
  3. If the chocolate pieces do not melt, microwave them for a few seconds.
  4. Let it cool to the consistency you want and then spread it on the cake.
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No matter how many times I bake this chocolate cake, it always comes out perfect and delicious. However this is the first time I decided to put icing on it. Initially I thought a chocolate icing with a moist chocolate cake would be a bit too much... mais non... it's luscious - rich, moist and filling. And it wasn't too sweet either.:-) Little One couldn't wait and was already helping herself with a teaspoon on the cake before we could even take a pic of the cake or even put the candle. While we were cutting the cake, she was busy scooping and eating the chocolate icing on the side. She loves it so much that she was tucking in her cake and at the same time scooping the icing off the cake.:-D Everyone loved it.


Cake : If you bake it on a 9" round cake pan, bake it at the same temperature but the cake will be done about 30 to 35 minutes. The cake is delicious on its own without icing. Alternatively you can serve the plain chocolate cake with crème anglaise (light custard sauce) or a scoop of vanilla ice cream or sprinkle some icing sugar on top.

Chocolate Icing : The original icing recipe was a bit too liquid to my taste so I added a few dark chocolate tablets to get a thicker consistency. I have modified the above recipe accordingly. I have also used less icing sugar than what was stated above. I poured the icing on the cake when it had thickened to be just fluid enough.

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#1, by kj (06/06/2008)

That's a beautiful cake you made there. I hope your little girl enjoyed her birthday. It certainly sounds good to me!!

#2, by ireneangele (06/06/2008)

Your cake just looks awesome ! I wish I were here to celebrate !

#3, by wokandspoon (06/06/2008)

Hapy birthday to your little one! The chocolate cake looks great. My chocolate cakes tend to turn out too dry.

#4, by Patricia Scarpin (06/06/2008)

That is a beautiful cake - I love how dark it is!
Happy birthday to your little princess!

#5, by Nora (06/06/2008)

Happy Birthday to Victoire!

Your cake certainly does look so luscious and moist. I will have to try this recipe. I like how the butter is melted, so no need to cream the butter. Thanks for sharing.

have a good weekend,

#6, by Gertrude (06/07/2008)

Happy Birthday to your little princess!! The Choc cake look really moist. Going to bookmark this recipe to try it out. Thanks.

#7 (06/08/2008)

How come you didn't write happy birthday in French? hehe. I don't know why it seems that every French family knows how to bake chocolate cake. Some like the liquid version, where once you cut the cake the chocolate is still running. I hate that sincerely.

#8, by Bee Ean (06/08/2008)

How come you didn't write happy birthday in French? hehe. I don't know why it seems that every French family knows how to bake chocolate cake. Some like the liquid version, where once you cut the cake the chocolate is still running. I hate that sincerely.

#9, by Karin (06/09/2008)

Thanks for visiting my blog. Sorry for not answering your comment but I have been away from home and my computer.

Happy Birthday to your little girl. Did she get chocolate cake all over her hands and face?

#10, by brozy (06/12/2008)

That looks wonderfully rich.

#11, by Hui Nih (06/13/2008)

Happy Belated Birthday to your little princess! May all the joy around her today and always!
p/s: What a lovely cake you have made! Wondering when would I be able to make one myself : )

#12, by tigerfish (06/14/2008)

Happy Birthday to your lil' one! Nice chocolate cake.

#13, by keeyit (06/16/2008)

I love chocolate cake. YUmmy~

especially the topping.. should taste good le

#14, by Little Corner of Mine (06/16/2008)

Happy Belated Birthday to your little girl!

Love your sinful looking chocolate cake.

#15, by Iris Sergent (06/17/2008)

Lovely birthday cake!!! It looks delicious but seems a lot of work though. Victoire is really lucky to have you as a mom.
For my little one's birthday, I bought two cakes and added two Oui Oui toppers. I'm very smart, huh?

#16, by ovenhaven (06/20/2008)

Happy belated birthday to your little one! Your cake looks really lovely. Thank you for sharing the recipe; I've yet to find my go-to chocolate cake recipe, and I'll be sure to try this out! The last photo looks really tempting, btw;-)

#17, by The Cooking Ninja (06/24/2008)

@KJ: Thanks. Yes, my girl enjoyed her special day very much and needless to say, her birthday cake too.:-)

@ireneangele: We wish you were here too.

@wokandspoon: Try this one. I guarantee you that it will not turn out dry.:-) Congrats again on your mini wok&spoon.;-)

@Patricia Scarpin: Thanks:-)

@Nora: Yeah that's why I used this icing:-)

@Getrude: Let me know how yours turned out.:-)

@Bee Ean: Is it? I don't know that.:-) I made this chocolate cake because I don't know what other type to bake for her. Since she loves dark chocolates, thought she would like this for her birthday.

@Karin: Funnily she didn't get chocolates all over her face and hands.:-) I even forgot to put a bib on her to protect her clothes. Guess my girl is growing up and doesn't really need a bib anymore.

@Brozy: It's a bit rich but not overly like the Rich & Moist Chocolate-Almond Cake I made.

@Hui Nih: How about now or for your hubby's birthday or for Sethy's birthday or for Christmas?:-)

@Tigerfish: Thanks:-)

@Keeyit: The cake taste very good by itself too. The icing gives it an even richer taste.:-)

@Little Corner of Mine: hehehe ... Little One's birthday is a good reason to be a bit sinful on cake.;-)

@Iris: Nah ... not a lot of work. It's very simple to dish up. I'll show you when you come to visit me. hehehe...I didn't know that ... I got the tips from you too late.:-p

@Ovenhaven: Always a pleasure for me to share my recipes.

#18, by Coffee and Vanilla (06/24/2008)

Oh, that sounds and looks soooo good.... I will be making cake like this next time I need to make birthday cake... Bookmarked:-) Thank you for sharing this.

#19, by Flavia (11/05/2008)

This lookes like something to dye for!!

#20, by sarah choudhary (12/21/2008)

good recipe my mouth has started watering and water is coming down till my t-shirt. yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

#21, by sarah choudhary (12/21/2008)

how good cake it is i hope your little darling princess enjoyed this marvellous ,beautiful ,fantastic ,amazingly cute and beautiful cake say belated birthday from me to her!
very amazing recipe
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#22, by shifa (07/08/2009)

thankyou so much ...i got the perfect recipe for the chocolate icing ....esp when i was craving for some so bad ... thankyou once again

#23, by May (08/28/2009)

Is the 3/4 cup flour used for this choc cake recipe correct or is it a typo error? I am just learning to bake so i really appreciate your advice. Thank you:-)

#24, by The Cooking Ninja (08/28/2009)

@May: Yes 3/4 cups of flour is correct. It is about 85 - 90 grams. Let me know how your cake turns out.:-)Have fun baking.

#25, by MariaLovesToBake (02/10/2010)

I know a very quick choc. cake recipe with only 5 ingridients:250g sugar+ 250g butter+ 5 eggs+ about 250g flour + 5 tbsp cocoa powder. I also make it with 3/4 cup hazelnuts. Bake in 1 hour. try that out too!