My new favourite chocolate cake recipe!

Chocolate cake.

Hello! I baked this cake last week for my lovely lovely friend and it was pretty amazing I have to say. I can be really lazy with recipes so for example if it says whisk the egg whites or sift this or that I hardly ever bother but I followed this recipe down to every ingredient and method and it worked out absolutely amazing. It's very heavy but deliciously moist and chocolatey.

003/365 | Chocolate layer cake.
The stars are Cadbury wishes stars sliced in half and then I painted them with edible glitter.

The recipe is from The Primrose Bakery cookbook which I got from my little sister for Christmas. I love it, the range of cupcake recipies and buttercream recipies in it really make it for me! And now that my first go from it has gone really well I can't wait to try more.



Makes 2 20cm layers

230g good quality dark choc
170g unsalted butter, at room temp
350g light soft brown sugar
3 large eggs, seperated
370g plain sifted flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powdert
1 1/2 tsp bicarb
1/2 tsp salt
500ml semi-skimmed milk, at room temp
2 tsp good quality vanilla extract

Pre heat oven to 170c (fan),190c/375f/gas mark 5. Grease and line two 20cm cake tins with greaseproof paper.

Break the chocolate into pieces and place in a microwave-safe bowl, melt on a meddium setting in 30-second bursts untill completly melted, stiring well in between. Alternativly use a bowl over a saucepan, set the bowl to one side to cool.

In a large mixing bowl cream the butter and sugar untill its pale and smooth, which should take 3-5 minsusing a electric hand mixer. Put the egg yolks in a separate bowl and beat for several mins, slowly add the egg yolks to the butter mixture and beat well. Add the choc to this mix and beat again.

combine the flour,baking powder, bicarb and salt in a seperate bowl. Combine the milk and vanilla in a jug, add one third of the flour to the creamed mix and beat well, pour in one third of the milk mix and beat again, repeating these steps untill all the flour and milk has been added.

In a clean bowl whisk the egg whites,with clean beaters, untill soft peaks start to form. Carefully fold in the egg whites to the batter using a metal spoon.(do not beat as this will take out all the air). divide between tins and bake for 30mins. Insert a skewer in the middle if it comes out clean its done.

Chocolate cake.

Remove from the oven leaving for 10mins before removing the tins, once cool sandwich to gether with chocolate buttercream.

Enjoy! This is great served with whipped cream!


  1. Ohh this looks fab! I borrowed this book from the library but didn't male this cake but I might give it a go. The stars are a really nice touch.
    Love your red mixer

  2. That cake looks like the most delicious thing ever! Chocolate cake is definitely my favourite but I wish I wasn't on a diet haha!!

    Hannah xx

  3. yumm. Cute idea with those stars :) I've heard good things about this cookbook too, I may have to buy it!

  4. lorrrrrrrrd, come over to me and bake me this! i love what you've done with the stars! ace!

  5. OMG that looks good! The stars are a lovely touch. Thanks for sharing the recipe! Will definitely have to try it!

  6. I am so hopeless on baking. I didn't even know there is edible glitter. The cake looks very yummy and I am now tempted to head out to a bakery to satisfy some chocolate craving.

  7. Sounds delicious! I love the glittery stars! Super cute.

  8. I hate you for having a kitchen aid. SO MUCH :) So jealous!!!! x x x

  9. This cake looks so indulgent and scrumptious! I loveeee rich cakes like this one. I love how you've covered the stars in edible glitter (:

  10. Well, I know what I'm making this afternoon... Going to take inspiration from your glittery stars too!

    So jealous of your Kitchen Aid too! I really would love the 'ice' coloured one when I can afford it.


  11. I agree that the Primrose Bakery contains some of my alltime favourite recipes! It feels like if you sway off track or forget to seive or under weigh something... their baked goods still come out tasting heavenly and absolutely delicious. I think it helps how they use oil rather than butter too! So moist!

  12. OMG looks delicious!! I have to get baking this weekend :) x

  13. I have this book and not only is it adorable but I love the recipes too. Your cake looks totally scrumptious.

    Congrats on reaching 500 followers, I just made 150 in time for my blogs 1st birthday, I was over the moon. x

  14. Hmm I have the primrose bakery book but I tried the vanilla cupcakes and they were way too dense for me. I may have to revisit it though and try some of the big cake recipes! I love the cadbury's stars painted with glitter, such a great idea!

  15. Wow! that is one pretty cake :) mind you, I dont need any more of an excuse for a cake to look appealing to me :p Just stumbled across your blog since you started following mines, and Im so glad I did! going to geek it up and read back on some of your old posts :) film student eh? we come from (almost) the same territory! xx

  16. I must resist staring at the picture... but not resisting well. Jokes aside, the cake looks delicious; I bet it really is. Thanks for sharing this nice chocolate cake recipe. My daughter will surely be happy once she finds out that I'm trying to make one for her. This is a celebration for losing her first tooth.

  17. I have made this cake before and it is my absolute favourite chocolate cake. Yours looks beautiful! How did you coat the stars in glitter? x

  18. What brand of glitter did you use?

  19. Like yours, the chocolate buttercream frosting/icing on mine came out way paler than the photo in the book - do you have any idea why?

  20. Does this recipe make 2 or 3 layer cake?


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