Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Butter Cream Icing

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A simple but tasty chocolate cake recipe that uses maple syrup instead of sugar. Alternatively,  try agave syrup which is lower GI.

Make it with either chocolate icing - or make it mocha with the addition of some coffee granules! see below...
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  • 170g/6oz self-raising wholemeal flour
  • 170g/6oz self-raising white flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 60g/4tbsp cocoa powder
  • 220ml/8fl oz maple or agave syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 120ml/4fl oz plain vegetable oil
  • 450ml/16fl oz soya milk

Butter Cream Icing

  • 75g/2½ oz margarine
  • 75g/2½ oz icing sugar
  • 75g/2½ oz cocoa powder

To make Mocha Icing (Ganache), just add 2½  tsp instant coffee granules to the three ingredients above - dilute coffee in 1-2 tbsp boiling water.


1. Pre-heat oven to 180°C//350°F/Gas Mark 4. Oil two 20cm/8 inch round cake tins and line the bases with baking parchment.

2. Sieve the flour, baking powder and cocoa into a bowl. In another bowl, whisk oil, soya milk, maple syrup and vanilla essence.

3. Pour liquid ingredients gradually into the dry ingredients, whisking gently to make a batter. Pour half cake mixture into each tin. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until a sharp knife/cocktail stick comes out cleanly.

4. Meanwhile, make the icing. Cream the margarine with a fork then add the sieved icing sugar and cocoa powder. Mix thoroughly to form a stiff cream. Place in the freezer or fridge until needed.

5. Let the cakes cool in their tins then loosen edges with a knife (or click open the springform if using this type of tin). Turn the cakes out onto a wire rack. When thoroughly cool, sandwich the cakes with 2/3 of the icing in the middle. Use the remaining third on the top. Decorate with chocolate curls or drops if using.

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