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Anne (Best Chocolate Cake)

A family favourite of ours for the past 40 years, this humble chocolate cake is simple and delicious.
4.8 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 mins


  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups self raising flour
  • 1 cup cold water with 1/2 teaspoon of bi carb soda
  • 185 grams melted butter
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons hot water
  • 1 splash vanilla essence

Chocolate frosting

  • 2 cups icing mixture
  • 1 cup melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 splash milk


  • Preheat oven to 150 degrees and grease and line a 25 cm tin. Throw all ingredients into your mixing bowl…no sifting, no fussing, just throw those bastards in there.
  • Turn the mixer onto high for 2 minutes
  • Pour into the tin and bake for approx. 45 minutes or until skewer comes out clean (it took me closer to 60 mins)
  • Throw all the icing ingredients into the mixer and give a good mix for about 1.5 minutes. If it’s too thick just keep adding in extra splashes of milk. My cakes, like me are rarely perfect, always a little wonky.
  • Eat immediately. Seconds a must until that cake is gone! Anne, like most good things in life doesn’t like to stick around…she is merely a fleeting moment of pure joy.