Chocolate Cake who doesn’t love cake! now seriously add chocolate to it and well really it doesn’t get better, well maybe if you add caramel but I digress. This cake is so easy to make everything goes in one bowl. It’s my go to cake.

This is the story of how & why this cake came in to existence.

As a young child one of my favorite things about going to the Royal Melbourne Show & the various Country Shows was the cake, preserves & craft section. I always dreamed of entering one of my creations into one of these sections one day. This cake is responsible for starting me on my competition cooking journey way back in 2002. I started by entering this cake into the Liliydale Show & took out 1st place, I was hooked, it was so much fun, challenging & rewarding. Since then I have used this recipe to compete in numerous other Shows & The Royal Melbourne. This recipe is so forgiving that I use it as a base for most of my chocolate cake designs, it’s perfect to use for Black Forest Cake, my all time favorite cake.

Blue Ribbon Chocolate Cake

Oven Temp 160 C (325 F), Fan forced 150 C   24cm round cake tin – Cooking time 1hr   24 cup cakes – Cooking time 25-30min


Measuring cups, measuring spoons, stand mixer with bowl or hand mixer & large bowl, sifter, large spoon, cake spatula, 24cm round cake tin, 24 cup cake cups & baking tray.



2 cups Self raising flour

1 teaspoon instant coffee

2/3 cup cocoa powder shifted

185gm butter softened

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 ¾ cups of castor sugar

3 eggs (60’s)

1 cup of water


Prepare you cake tin or cup cake tray.

Place all of the ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer. (If you just have a hand held mixer that’s fine too)

Mix together slowly to combine all the ingredients then slowly turn the speed up to high beat on high until mixture is pale & has doubled in volume, about 5 minutes.

Pour mixture in to cake tin or fill cupcake liners 3/4 full.

Place in the oven and bake for required time or until an inserted knife comes out clean.

NOTE: Ovens cook at different rates, so you may need to adjust the cooking time or turn your cake/cakes  half way through cooking time.


Have fun & Enjoy!

X Kerri

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