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Chocolate Layer Cake

A chocolate layer cake with a spring-themed semi-naked finish.
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Australian, British
Keyword: chocolate layer cake
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 785kcal


Chocolate Cake

  • 1 1/2 cups caster sugar
  • 150 grams butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 dessert spoons cocoa
  • 1 1/2 dessert spoons arrowroot
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 cups SR flour
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarb soda
  • pinch salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence

Butter Cream

  • 250 grams butter
  • 250 grams icing sugar
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup cold water


Chocolate Cake

  • Mix cocoa and arrowroot with warm water until it reaches a smooth consistency. Put aside to cool.
  • Cream butter and sugar.
  • Add one egg at a time and continue mixing well.
  • Slowly add cooled cocoa and arrowroot mixture while mixing well.
  • Sift flour, cream of tartar, bicarb soda and salt.
  • Add vanilla essence to milk.
  • Add a little of the dry ingredients and milk alternately until mixture is well combined.
  • Pour mixture into 4 or 5 well-greased layer cake tins. (Line bottom of tin with baking paper)
  • Bake in a moderate oven for 20 minutes.
  • Allow cake to cool in tin for 5 minutes before turning out onto a cooling rack.
  • Allow to cool completely before decorating.

Butter Cream

  • Beat butter until soft.
  • Add enough boiling water to the icing sugar so it can be poured into the butter gradually.
  • Continue beating butter while adding the sugar mixture.
  • Add a little cold water alternately with a little boiling water until the mixture is soft and creamy without the grainy, sugary texture.


  • Trim cake layers with a knife to make them consistently flat and round in shape.
  • Use a piping bag to add cream between each layer of chocolate cake.
  • Add a little cream on top and side and then smooth and scrape with a spatula to get the "naked cake" effect.
  • Decorate with flowering peach blossoms or your choice of edible flowers.


Calories: 785kcal | Carbohydrates: 95g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 43g | Saturated Fat: 27g | Cholesterol: 172mg | Sodium: 466mg | Potassium: 170mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 70g | Vitamin A: 1390IU | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 1.8mg