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Master the chocolate cake with an airy, light sponge and rich buttercream filling. It's simple enough for an afternoon tea but special enough for a party too

  • Prep: 35 mins
    Cook: 20 mins
  • Serves 12
  • Easy
  • Serves 12
  • Easy
  • Calories 523
  • Carbohydrates 59
  • Saturated Fat 18
  • Sugar 47
  • Protein 6
  • Fat 29
  • Fibre 2
  • Salt 0.6

Nutrition per serving

  • Calories 523
  • Carbohydrates 59
  • Saturated Fat 18
  • Sugar 47
  • Protein 6
  • Fat 29
  • Fibre 2
  • Salt 0.6

Ingredients

  • 200g golden caster sugar
  • 200g unsalted butter, softened plus extra for the tins
  • 4 eggs
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 100g milk chocolate, chopped
  • 200g butter, softened
  • 400g icing sugar
  • 5 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • chocolate shards (see tip, below)

Tip

How to make chocolate shards
For the chocolate shards, melt 50g dark chocolate and pour it onto a tray lined with baking parchment or foil. Now melt 25g milk chocolate and 25g white chocolate and drizzle them over the dark chocolate before it sets. Shake the tray gently to level the mixture then leave to set somewhere cool. Chop into shards.

Method

  1. Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Butter the base and sides of two 20cm round sandwich tins, then line the bases with baking parchment.

  2. In a large bowl, beat all the cake ingredients and a pinch of salt together until pale. Divide the mixture between the prepared tins. Bake for 20 mins or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 mins, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

  3. For the buttercream, put the chocolate in a heatproof bowl and melt in the microwave, stirring every 30 secs. Leave the melted chocolate to cool for 5 mins. Mash the butter and icing sugar together with a fork, then switch to a wooden spoon or electric beaters, if you have them. Sift in the cocoa with a pinch of salt and pour in the melted chocolate and milk. Mix again until smooth.

  4. On a cake stand or large plate, sandwich the cakes together with half of the buttercream, then spread the rest on top. Decorate with chocolate shards, if you like (see tip, below).

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