The best chocolate cake recipe

By December 19, 2017RECIPES, TO EAT

Just before Christmas is the time for Santa Claus to visit the various sports clubs of our kids. To celebrate well, you are often asked to bring a cake. Homemade preferably. Therefore I was baking away last week. Three kids doing three different kinds of sports require three cakes. Inspiration was running low, so I ended up baking the same cake for all of the parties.

It’s actually a recipe for brownie cupcakes. However, French and cupcakes don’t go well together I found out… After I have baked too many non-eaten cupcakes, I decided to make one cake out of the recipe. And judging the empty plates after the soccer party, this cake went down quite well. The cupcakes normally are brought back home, while this cake was devoured within a minute! Time to share my recipe.


Serves: 12 cupcakes or 1 cake for 6 to 8 persons
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Oven: 20 – 25 minutes for the cupcakes, 40 minutes for the cake


  • 200 gr self-raising flour
  • 300 gr butter (room temperature)
  • 300 gr sugar
  • 120 gr chocolate (at least 70% cocoa)
  • 4 eggs
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 200 gr walnuts (optional)


Preheat the oven to 170 degrees. Mix the salt and the flour in a bowl and set aside. Lightly butter a cupcake or cake pan and set aside as well.

Place the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl. Place this bowl in a pan with slightly boiling water to melt the chocolate together with the butter. Keep stirring until evenly mixed.

In the meantime, put the sugar in a large bowl. When the chocolate and butter are melted, add this to the sugar and mix. Add the eggs one by one (do not overbeat) and then add the vanilla extract.

Finally, beat the flour through the chocolate mixture until smooth. Here again, do not beat too long as you want to keep the air in the batter. You can add the walnuts at this point if you like an extra crunch in your cake.

Pour the batter into the cupcake or cake pan and place in the oven. The cupcakes need to bake for 20-25 minutes. If you make one cake, it needs to bake for 40 minutes.

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