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Never fail chocolate cake

Never fail chocolate cake

This gorgeously gooey fudgey chocolate cake was sent in by Miriam for our Homecooked with Love competition. The cake is Miriam's mum's recipe and was a centrepiece to birthdays and any kind of celebration and is now passed down through the family.

10 minutes
35 minutes
1 people
What you'll need
  • 400g sugar
  • 115g cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 320g plain flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 0.5 cup vegetable oil
  • 120ml hot water
  • 245g natural yoghurt
  • 120ml milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence
  • For the icing sugar: 113g butter
  • 50g cocoa powder
  • 60ml milk
  • 375g icing sugar
  • 1tsp vanilla essence
Step 1.

Grease and line 2 round sandwich tins. Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas mark 4

Step 2.

Mix together sugar, 115g cocoa powder, baking soda, flour and salt in a large bowl.

Step 3.

Crack the eggs into a separate bowl and beat.


Add the beaten eggs, vegetable oil, hot water, yoghurt, 120ml milk and 2 tsps vanilla essence to the sugar and cocoa mix.


Mix together until well incorporated, folding all the ingredients together until you have a runny gooey mix. 

Step 4.

Pour the mixture into the tins and bake for 35 minutes.


To check if the cake is done, stick a clean knife or cocktail stick into the centre of the cake. If it comes out clean or with only a few crumbs on, your cake is done.

Step 5.

To make the icing, mix together the butter, icing sugar, remaining cocoa powder, milk and vanilla essence until you get a slightly runny consistency.


If you over or underdo it, balance it out with a little more milk or icing sugar.

Step 6.

Take the cake out of the oven and let it cool down.


Once the cake is cool, decorate it with icing and tuck in! 

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