Everyday Chocolate Cake

A friend of mine asked me for chocolate cake recipe. Since she is new to baking, to confirm the simplest way of making chocolate cake, I immediately searched the net. To my disappointment, most sites prescribed butter milk, vegetable oil and even unprocessed dutch cocoa – something not very comfortable for a beginner.

So, I decided to go ahead with my basic vanilla cake recipe by adding cocoa to it. To my surprise, it turned out to be quite delicious. I don’t get a chance to repeat my recipes much (drawback of being a blogger), but I would love to repeat this one.

This chocolate cake is simple to make and the ingredients are absolutely easy to find. So here is how you make my humble chocolate cake.

Mind the following before you start;

  1. Use all the ingredients at room temperature.
  2. Sieve dry ingredients before you measure them.
  3. Follow the measurements to the T. don’t go by approximation.


125 grams of unsalted butter (if you use salted butter, avoid adding salt separately)

125 grams of plain flour

125 grams of granulated white sugar (you can replace 75grams of sugar with brown sugar if available)

25 grams of dark unsweetened cocoa powder

2 eggs

½ tsp vanilla extract

½ tsp baking powder

¼ tsp salt

½ cup milk only if needed


Pre-heat the oven at 1800C

Bowl A

  1. In bowl A add softened butter
  2. Add sugar and beat for a minute
  3. Add eggs and vanilla extract and beat for a minute more.

Bowl B

  1. In bowl B, sift flour, cocoa powder and baking powder.
  1. Slowly add the dry ingredients from bowl B to bowl A. Mix slowly with a spatula. At this point if you feel that the mix is too dense add a little milk (a tbsp to begin with) and mix.
  2. Line the baking tin with butter paper. If butter paper is not available, grease the tin with butter and sprinkle just a little flour. Remove excess flour.
  3. Add the cake mix to the tin. Tap gently on the edge of the tin to remove trapped air. Bake for approximately 40 mins. Keep checking.
  4. Once the cake is done. Switch off the oven and let it rest in the oven for 5 mins.
  5. Take the cake out of the oven and cut once it cools down.






If you are new to baking, chocolate cake is where you make a start. It’s a low risk option. Since it is loaded with cocoa powder, the taste will always be good 🙂


Dark Chocolate Cookie

Dark chocolate cookies are baked exactly the same way as Chocó chip cookies, with a slight change to the ingredients.


200 grams unsalted butter

150 grams granulated Sugar

150 grams brown sugar

2 cups of plain flour

½ cup of dark cocoa powder

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt (skip this if you use salted butter)

2 eggs

1 cup  Belgian Chocó chips (or any other  with 70% cocoa)

Approximate yield = 3-4 dozens of cookies.

Refer ‘Chocó chip cookie’ recipe for the procedure.

As a variation, you can try chips of milk chocolate.  White chips on a dark cookie make a great contrast. They are like a quick sweet punch in the middle of a bitter chocolaty taste.

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