Easy Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

Easy Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Icing


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This easy recipe makes a very rich chocolate cake with a nutty cream cheese icing. Perfect for Valentine's Day or Mother's Day.

Lani Pardillo

Serves: 24 

  • 3 cups (375g) plain flour
  • 2 cups (440g) white sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons bicarb soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups (500ml) hot water
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee powder
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla essence
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 250g cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts

Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:1hour  ›  Ready in:1hour15min 

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease and flour a 20x30cm pan.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, cocoa, bicarb soda and salt. Combine the hot water and instant coffee then add to the dry ingredients along with the oil, vinegar, vanilla and eggs. Mix until smooth and well blended. Spread batter evenly into the prepared pan. Sprinkle with the 1/4 cup of sugar.
  3. Bake for 45 to 60 minutes in the preheated oven, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  4. Make the topping while the cake is cooling. In a medium-size mixing bowl beat together the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and egg until smooth. Stir in the chocolate chips and walnuts. Spread over cooled cake.

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