Fiesta Friday #34 Naughty but easy chocolate cake!

Fiesta Friday #34

This cake was for shreks birthday, however today is the anniversary of my  mothers passing and though I will do something for her at home, I dedicate this cake online to her…sound weird?  Perhaps…but I believe in celebrating her life rather than commiserating her passing, which I try not to think about, positives rather than negatives right?  Yes, I celebrate her birthday too!

So this cake is pretty easy if I say so myself.  The only thing that threw me was at the chocolate icing bit, when you whisk the chocolate up before putting it on, it seemed very oily, as nothing else oily was added I can only assume this came out of the ‘actual’ chocolate, which is a first for me.  It made putting it on the cake really easy, which is usually where I stuff up and make it very messy.

So if you are looking for something really quick and easy to make, this is it.

The sponge is very very light and totally not overwhelming in chocolate taste, however the icing is pretty decadent, so a good mix 🙂

Taken from – Naughty but easy chocolate cake

Easy chocolate cake


For the cake
For the chocolate icing

Preparation method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Grease and line two 20cm/8in sandwich tins.
  2. For the cake, place all of the cake ingredients, except the boiling water, into a large mixing bowl. Using a wooden spoon, or electric whisk, beat the mixture until smooth and well combined.
  3. Add the boiling water to the mixture, a little at a time, until smooth. (The cake mixture will now be very liquid.)
  4. Divide the cake batter between the sandwich tins and bake in the oven for 25-35 minutes, or until the top is firm to the touch and a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.
  5. Remove the cakes from the oven and allow to cool completely, still in their tins, before icing.
  6. For the chocolate icing, heat the chocolate and cream in a saucepan over a low heat until the chocolate melts. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk the mixture until smooth, glossy and thickened. Set aside to cool for 1-2 hours, or until thick enough to spread over the cake.
  7. To assemble the cake, run a round-bladed knife around the inside of the cake tins to loosen the cakes. Carefully remove the cakes from the tins.
  8. Spread a little chocolate icing over the top of one of the chocolate cakes, then carefully top with the other cake.
  9. Transfer the cake to a serving plate and ice the cake all over with the chocolate icing, using a palette knife.

Thank you for reading, and I know it is my turn to look at all your recipes which always makes me super hungry.

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  54 comments for “Fiesta Friday #34 Naughty but easy chocolate cake!

  1. September 19, 2014 at 8:01 AM

    Nice cake. Prayers are with you today and my thoughts.
    Much Respect

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  2. September 19, 2014 at 8:08 AM

    Wonderful looking recipe – that’s a keeper! Lots of hugs for you today xx

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  3. September 19, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    Justine, if you say it’s easy then it definitely is!! It looks fabulous. The icing is a ganache rather than a traditional buttercream which is why it is much easier to use – ganache is also well known for that glorious shine! Happy Fiesta Friday to you – will raise a glass to your mum later tonight xx

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    • September 22, 2014 at 1:59 PM

      oooh lalal well i didnt know that, sounds very posh, well glad I managed it haha, thought it was rather easy!! Thanks for the raise of a glass of wine, she would have enjoyed that x

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  4. September 19, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    Cor, that looks bloody wonderful! I use ganache for the insides of my truffles, it’s fabulous to work with. Sending you much love today missus and big hugs xxx

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    • September 22, 2014 at 2:00 PM

      wow now that sounds good, I am putting in an order for when you come down then, haha


  5. September 19, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    I love easy cakes! I go in the other direction when I see very fancy cakes. Can’t make those. I am too messy for details… Saving this recipe to try :).

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    • September 22, 2014 at 2:01 PM

      yes, I would love to know as and when you try it! x


  6. September 19, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    And may I share it on my FB blog wall with my audience?


  7. September 19, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    That’s sweet and loving, Justine, to share your cake and Mother with us. And Happy Birthday hugs to Shrek 🙂

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    • September 22, 2014 at 2:01 PM

      hah thank you, the cake lasted quite some few days, trying not to be piggish about it, which is rare in our house and thank you for your lovely words x

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  8. September 19, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    Wow, what a great cake. I think you should be on The Great British Bake Off but maybe that’s already been said. I’m sure Mary and Paul would love your cake. It’s a winner with me anyway.

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    • September 22, 2014 at 2:02 PM

      haha nooo i dont think so, crickey I would be thrown off not only for not being skilled enough but for making a huge mess, i am a messy baker!


  9. September 19, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    Beautiful cake and thoughts. My thoughts are with you today.

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  10. September 19, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    What a wonderful way to celebrate her life. She would be proud of you. I would be especially if it was chocolate!

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    • September 22, 2014 at 2:03 PM

      awe thank you, her favorite chocolate in a bar was toblerone, I still have to get one of those, but we did have chinese which was her favorite take away x

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  11. September 19, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    Looks lovely! Perfect dedication to your mom.

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  12. September 20, 2014 at 3:04 AM

    Love the cake and I think it’s wonderful to celebrate your Mom’s birthday, I am very sorry that she passed. A wonderful tribute to her.

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    • September 22, 2014 at 2:04 PM

      thank you, the only thing I commiserate is my own birthday lol haha


  13. September 20, 2014 at 6:07 AM

    Lovely cake, Justine and I think it is so wonderful that you celebrate your mom’s passing as well as her birthday. This is very touching.

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  14. skd
    September 20, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    Beautiful Cake Justine. I really like your attitude. I think I should spend more time on your blog. Lady, You send positive vibes, which I can feel right up to here. Respect and Regards to your Mom.

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    • September 22, 2014 at 2:06 PM

      awe, well please do come and spend more time, I would like to spend more time there too lol, only because I need to write more that is for sure 🙂 Thank you for your lovely words xx

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  15. September 20, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    OH sweet one what a beautiful way to celebrate your sweet Mom’s life with sweetness. I know this one but with my Pa. I’ve been missing him like crazy this week and every day but more now. The anniv is Apr. 7 but when Fall comes I miss him most then because he loved fall and fishing and was an avid hunter. I love remembering and celebrating. I love your tender heart. It is speaking loudly! ❤ 🙂

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    • September 22, 2014 at 2:07 PM

      yes, I have moments throughout the year, not specific dates, just your doing something and wham, there it is that tug inyour heart x


  16. September 20, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    This looks delicious!

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  17. September 20, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    Easy cakes are dangerous… 🙂

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  18. September 20, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    Lovely cake! Lots of chocolate….yum!

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  19. September 20, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    i just saw Selma’s comment and was going to say the same. Ganache is great and so glossy. This cake looks very special and was clearly made with much love.
    Happy FF.

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    • September 22, 2014 at 2:09 PM

      awe thank you i had no idea it was ganache so i learned something there, ganache always sounded rather posh so I am glad I now know its not difficult to make x


  20. September 20, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    Yum, easy chocolate cakes are the best – if a little dangerous! Lots of hugs! xxx

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  21. September 21, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    I do the same thing with my mom’s birthday too Justine 🙂 She passed away about 4 years ago! The cake looks brilliant and dangerous xx

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    • September 22, 2014 at 2:10 PM

      awe thats lovely to know and yup you should make the cake, be dangerous ! xx


  22. September 21, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    I think you made the perfect cake to celebrate the memory of your mom. Simple, easy, made with love, and decadent. I didn’t know your mom, but that’s just how I would make a cake for mine. Thank you for bringing this delicious cake to the party, and we’re sending you lots of cyber hugs!

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    • September 22, 2014 at 2:11 PM

      awe thank you for your lovely words. I hope your having a lovely Monday and brilliant week to come x


  23. September 21, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    Yum! This sounds like a wonderful cake!

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  24. September 22, 2014 at 3:56 AM

    Big hugs, my friend! ❤

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  25. September 24, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    Love the “easy” part! I absolutely have no patience or the time for elaborate detailed stuff. Will save this recipe!

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