Easy Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

    1 hour 15 minutes

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

    17 people made this

    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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    I have made many cakes from scratch and this is the worst cake I have ever tasted. The cream cheese icing does not go well with the chocolate cake. The cake tasted strange. Maybe because it calls for baking soda then vinegar. It fizzed after adding the vinegar. I do not recommend making this cake. I did not taste good. I followed the directions exactly as listed. Please don't this cake.  -  21 Aug 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    The kids just love this recipe!!! And I just love to make it!!!  -  15 Feb 2002  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    only used half of the oil required. turned out fine. frosting does not cover cake, so i mixed it with a jar of cream cheese-flavored frosting from the store and it turned out great  -  29 Aug 2003  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)