Chocolate Cake Recipe

chocolate cake recipe for easter

chocolate cake recipe for easter

I’ve been craving chocolate lately so thought I’d take the opportunity with Easter coming up to make a chocolate cake recipe.  I’m looking forward to Easter this year, we’re spending Good Friday together as a family and then Nick, Charlie and I will be jumping in the car and driving to a friends farm until Sunday night.  What are your plans for Easter?  Do you get together with your extended families on Easter Sunday?

chocolate cake recipe for easter

This is an easy chocolate cake recipe, it’s a Nigella recipe and everything is put in the food processor and whizzed up before being poured into a lined cake tin.  The icing has a few ingredients including chocolate, golden syrup and sour cream and is scrumptious.  Easter for me is about Jesus dying on the cross on Good Friday and rising again on Easter Sunday, enjoying time with family and friends and indulging in all things chocolate.  Have a safe, happy and peaceful Easter everyone.

chocolate cake recipe for easter

Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake Recipe

Cake:  200g plain flour, 200g caster sugar, 1 tsp baking powder, ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda, 40 g cocoa powder, 175g soft unsalted butter, 2 large eggs, 2 tsp vanilla extract, 150m sour cream.

Icing:  75g unsalted butter, 175g dark chocolate (broken into small pieces), 300g icing sugar, 1 tablespoon golden syrup, 125ml sour cream, 1 tsp vanilla extract.

Have all the ingredients at room temperature and preheat the oven to 180°C.  Grease and line a 20cm cake tin with baking paper.

Place all the cake ingredients into a food processor and process until you have a smooth thick batter.  Pour into your prepared baking tin and place in the oven for about 40 minutes, start checking at about 30 minutes and bake until a skewer comes out clean.  Cool the cake for 10 minutes before turning out on a cake rack to cool.  Ice with chocolate icing and decorate with Easter eggs and praline.

Icing:  Melt the chocolate and butter in a bowl over a pot about quarter filled with simmering water.  Cool slightly, then add the golden syrup, sour cream and vanilla extract and stir with a rubber spatula.  Finally sift in the icing sugar and mix together.

Praline:  Heat 1/2 cup of caster sugar in a pan, stirring occasionally until golden brown, stir in whole hazelnuts and pour out onto a flat tin lined with baking paper.  When hard cut it up with a knife and place in a mortar and pestle and pound to sprinkling consistency.

Catherine x


  1. Miranda

    Oh I have this recipe and have never ever baked this cake because… golden syrup is as expensive as gold here in Portugal!! (somedays I do hate my country ahah). But it looks as perfect as I have imagined it in my mind plenty of times, so I would not mind a bite, do you ship overseas? Yeah, lame sense of humour, that’s moi! I don’t do easter, actually, seeing I’m not a christian, but any excuse to indulge in good food is perfect with me, so I always try to indulge – another item as expensive as gold, here! – in lamb every easter…

    1. Catherine

      You should try it Ruth, it’s a good one, I especially loved the icing with golden syrup and sour cream, delicious! Wow can’t believe golden syrup is so expensive in Portugal, I can understand lamb. Must do some research on Portuguese cuisine. xx

  2. Jocelyn Hefner

    Oh Catherine! This cake looks divine! I will say I am intimidated of cakes so I prefer to eat the ones the pros bake. The images you captured make my mouth water…they are beautiful! Wishing you and your family a wonderful Easter weekend. Jocelyn xx

  3. Noreen

    YUM! Did you know I ran a camp for young students last summer called “Chocolate Reading Camp”? We had lots of fun, and ate chocolate every day. This cake would have been gone in two seconds! Happy Easter, Catherine! I know you had your children to celebrate, and I hope you got to relax and enjoy. Easter blessings to you and yours, N.

    1. Catherine

      Yes I remember very well your Chocolate Reading Camp as that’s the kind of camp I’d like to be a part of! Easter blessings to you and your family as well Noreen, I hope you had a relaxing, peaceful break. xx

  4. tina @ Colourliving

    This is gorgeous and scrumptious. You make it look beautiful and simple. Gosh, eben I want to have a piece AND and egg:-))

    Can you believe that Oz and I had not one morsel of chocolate over Easter? OK, he’s not into chocolate and I only have raw chocolate or 100% dark but somehow didn’t have any.
    Weird I know but I probably feel less sick than most people:-))

    Glad you had a wonderful break. So did I.
    Will report from Berlin… sending hugs xx

    1. Catherine

      Wow really, you’re probably in the minority but not having any is so much better for you. I think once you start eating it you always have to have ‘just one more piece’… So happy you had a lovely Easter ours was different this year because my Dad is so sick, he wasn’t able to go to any family get together on Easter Sunday and we were at our friends farm. Looking forward to hearing from Berlin, enjoy the Hive it’ll be amazing. xxx

  5. anastasia

    this looks so decadent! beautiful styling…you can never go wrong with chocolate cake, everyone’s favourite!
    Im still trying to decide what to make for (Greek) Easter lunch this Sunday…my sister in law is hosting this year so I’ll be taking a delicious dessert!

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