Buttermilk Chocolate Cake

    1 hour 5 minutes

    This is a delicious fudgy chocolate cake recipe - in fact it is the very best chocolate cake recipe I have ever tasted.

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    Serves: 18 

    • 2 cups (250g) self-raising flour
    • 2 cups (400g) white sugar
    • 1 cup (250ml) water
    • 250g butter
    • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 1/2 cup (125ml) buttermilk
    • 1 teaspoon bicarb soda
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
    • 2 eggs
    • 125g butter
    • 1/3 cup (80ml) buttermilk
    • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 4 cups (500g) icing sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence

    Preparation:30min  ›  Cook:35min  ›  Ready in:1hour5min 

    1. Combine flour and white sugar in a large bowl and set aside.
    2. Put 1/2 cup buttermilk into a large glass and add bicarb soda, stir until combined, set aside.
    3. In medium saucepan over medium heat combine water, 250g butter and 4 tablespoons cocoa. Stir until butter is melted. Allow to boil over medium heat for 5 minutes.
    4. Add chocolate mixture to dry ingredients, mix until well combined. Add buttermilk mixture, stir until blended. Add eggs and mix at medium speed of electric mixer until well blended. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla and mix well. Pour into a 20x30cm pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Bake 180 degrees C for 35 minutes.
    5. To Make icing: Combine 125g butter, 1/3 cup buttermilk, and 3 tablespoons cocoa in medium saucepan, allow to come to a boil over medium heat. Remove from heat and add icing sugar and mix well, add 1 teaspoon vanilla and chopped nuts. Pour over hot cake. Allow cake to cool. The longer this sets the better it gets!

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    If you bake this cake for 25 minutes, it will fall, should be baked for around 40 minute.  -  26 Aug 2001  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I did bake the cake longer, too. It was interesting that the cake seemed to change by the hour. My family loved it! I also froze some and it thawed beautifully.  -  21 Sep 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    it really has to cook at least 10/15 min. more than stated; it sure tastes good and it's very easy. Too sweet for my taste, and not chocholatey as I expected (that's why a basically quick and good enough cake gets 4 stars from me...)  -  24 Jan 2005  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)