Total Time
1hr 50mins
Prep 50 mins
Cook 1 hr

I’m not the best cake maker in the world but when hubby asked for a chocolate cake for his birthday, Little Miss and I wanted to make one for him. This cake was perfect as everyone really enjoyed the flavours, texture and presentation. I didn’t make the Zig-Zag shapes as we had candles to place on top. This recipe comes from 'Crazy for Chocolate' family Circle's Step by Step cookbook.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to moderate 108°C (350°F/Gas 4).
  2. Brush a deep 20 cms (8 inch) round cake tin with melted butter or oil. Line base and sided with baking paper.
  3. Using electric beaters, beat butter and sugar until light and creamy, add coffee powder. Beat until combined.
  4. Add eggs gradually, beating well after each addition, add vanilla essence.
  5. Transfer mixture to large bowl. Using a metal spoon, fold in sifted flours, soda and cocoa alternately with buttermilk. Stir until combined and smooth. Stir through chocolate bits.
  6. Pour mixture into prepared tin, smooth surface. Bake 50-60 minutes or until skewer comes out clean when inserted into the centre of the cake. Leave cake in tin for 30 minutes before turning onto wire rack to cool.
  7. To make icing melt butter and chocolate in a small heatproof bowl, stand bowl over a pan of simmering water until chocolate is smooth and glossy. When cool, spread icing evenly over top of cake. Decorate with chocolate zig zags if desired.
  8. To make zig-zags, Wrap a rolling pin with baking paper. Place 100 gram (3 1/2 oz) chocolate melts in heat-proof bowl, stand bowl over pan of simmering water. Stir until chocolate has melted and mixture is smooth. Pour into paper icing bag, seal end and snip off tip. Drizzle chocolate over backing paper in zig zag patterns. When set, carefully lift off with a flat-bladed knife. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator between sheets of greaseproof paper.
  9. Storage time for cake, could be made up to 3 days ahead. Store in an airtight container. Decorated (icing/zig-zag) on the day you need to use the cake.
Most Helpful

My picture isn't nearly as gorgeous as yours! I guess that doesn't really matter though when the family inhaled the cake without the icing or zigzags! lol This was a tasty treat all by itself. I did leave out the coffee as I don't drink it and therefore don't keep any in the house. Thanks for sharing! Made for the January 2010 Aussie/NZ recipe swap.

Chef on the coast January 14, 2010

I made this for the DH's morning/afternoon teas (shift worker) and the usual practise is to cut/slice and freeze which I did (he doesn't like iced cakes) and he liked this and rated it 4 (just a little dry). Thank you Chef floWer.

I'mPat December 13, 2007

This is my first recipe review on zaar and I've got to tell you, I'm glad it was!! It was fantastic!! Very easy to make and in the end..was delicious. Like mike, i did not add the instant coffee powder because I'm not a big fan of it either, but it still turned out great. This is a recipe thats going straight into my favourites cookbook!!! Thanx chef flower

Polly_Waffle_Kid April 20, 2007