On TV Tonight

  • 20:00 - Caribbean Food Made Easy - CARIBBEAN FOOD MADE EASY
  • 20:30 - Chinese Food Made Easy - Seafood
  • 21:00 - MasterChef: The Final Three - MasterChef

This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 3.45 / 5 (149 votes)

Prep time:
15 min
Cook time:
1 hr 10 min

Annabel Langbein describes this fabulous cake as a secret weapon for dinner parties and special occasions


1. For the cake: heat the oven to 170C/150C fan/Gas 3. Grease the sides and line the base of a 30cm round cake tin or 2 x 20cm round cake tins with baking paper.

2. Place all the cake ingredients in a large bowl or food processor and mix or blitz until the ingredients are combined and the butter is fully incorporated.

3. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin or tins and smooth the top. Bake for 1 hour or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tin.

4. For the decoration: pour the cream into a medium saucepan and heat until it is very hot, and almost but not boiling. You'll know it's ready when bubbles start to form around the edge of the pan. Remove from the heat and add the chopped chocolate. Stand for 2 minutes, then stir until the chocolate is fully melted into the cream.

5. Whisk this chocolate ganache until it is smooth and glossy, then chill.

6. Slather the chilled chocolate ganache over the top of the cake. Top with fresh raspberries and serve.


For the cake

For the decoration

Tips and suggestions

If not using at once, the cake will keep for about a week in a sealed container in the fridge. You can also freeze it un-iced.

Comments & Ratings

Rate this recipe by clicking on the stars.

You need to be logged in to comment on this recipe

Forgotten your password?
Resend activation

Login Register

Latest Comment


Such a simple and easy recipe. Definitely 5 stars from me!

DaisyS16591 DaisyS16591  Posted 06 Aug 2012 4:41 PM

I w'll go ahead with it because it's so easssssy! Moreover,it's delicious,thanks.

IsabelleM64894 IsabelleM64894  Posted 16 Jun 2012 10:28 AM

Just made it but my tins were too small lol made 2 in tins and 3rd in a loaf tin.. Omg didnt realise how many people it serves! Should have checked lol I made it for my mum for mothers day.. I dont like the grenache as its too chocolaty but the sponge is lovely and not strong at all! Cant taste the coffee which is good (for me lol)

KerriM80082 KerriM80082  Posted 18 Mar 2012 6:12 PM

this cake is so good, warmly regards ..i just love this recipe Smile
Sneha from India

snehaA51490 snehaA51490 Posted 04 Nov 2011 2:42 PM

Hi Maisie,

I'm afraid you do need to use coffee with this recipe, it might be a bit watery if you left it out and just added the water. Try making it with decaf coffee and use less granules.

OR try this coffee-free delicious choccy cake instead!


Deborah - UKTV Deborah - UKTV Posted 13 Oct 2011 4:34 PM

I can't open to view all comments, so apologies if this question has been asked. I don't like coffee, any suggestions for an alternative?? Smile

Bev300_3 Bev300_3 Posted 12 Oct 2011 6:13 PM

My 5 year old granddaughter just loves chocolate cake, I shall make it for her!

gardenmad gardenmad Posted 06 Aug 2011 4:10 PM

Probably not Becky. It's the cocoa powder that makes this cake so wonderfully chocolatey.

Charlotte - Good Food Charlotte - Good Food Posted 25 Jul 2011 1:00 PM

i am going to use icing sugar in stead of coco powder do you think it is going to work ? x

BeckyB15696 BeckyB15696 Posted 19 Jul 2011 11:12 AM

dont know if this cake is lovely because the converter for the ingrediants are so in-accurate. disappointed to say the least.

stellaC16764 stellaC16764 Posted 14 Jul 2011 11:03 PM

Great recipe! I wanted a bigger one for a party and found this tool, perfect for scaling recipes up and down [link]

katyH58062 katyH58062 Posted 13 Jul 2011 12:35 PM

MaureenK57029 MaureenK57029 Posted 19 Jun 2011 8:09 PM

Hi Victoria. Just use whatever brand of coffee that you already have at home (eg Douwe Egberts) - you don't need to buy a special type for baking.

Did you manage to sort out the cooking times in the end?

Charlotte - Good Food Charlotte - Good Food Posted 15 Jun 2011 2:09 PM

what coffee do i use for this??

VictoriaS62177 VictoriaS62177 Posted 15 Jun 2011 6:17 AM

the cake is in the oven right now and I have been baking it for the past 1 hour. I just checked it and i found that it had a crust on top but it fell in like a frozen lake. and the cake inside was not firm, it was moussey. What should I do??

VictoriaS62177 VictoriaS62177 Posted 06 Jun 2011 1:29 PM

Sorry not used to ratings this is well deserved

JeffH49127 JeffH49127 Posted 23 Feb 2011 10:08 PM

This is excellent recipe so simple but extremely delicious. Would recommend to anybody. 5 stars from me

JeffH49127 JeffH49127 Posted 23 Feb 2011 10:06 PM