Chocolate Cake Recipe with Step-by-Step Pictures

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After a string of savory, spicy and delicious Indian recipes, here I am with a dessert recipe. Today I am sharing the recipe of chocolate cake, which is extremely easy to make and needs the basic baking ingredients. If you are a novice baker looking for easy cake recipes, you must add this one in your list for sure!

I have posted this chocolate cake recipe with step by step pictures for your easy understanding. Let us talk about measurements. I have used a measuring cup, where 1 cup = 200 ml. So please take care of what kind of measuring cup you are using while making this chocolate cake.

You will need two bowls, one for dry ingredients and another for wet ingredients. If you do not have glass bowls, you can always use steel bowls like I did. Do not take aluminum bowl because it causes the batter to blacken.

This recipe yields about 700-750 grams of delicious cake. Since I don’t have an electric oven available at the moment, I baked this cake on gas oven. I used a hand-held beater to make the batter. If you do not have a beater, you can simply use a ladle. Make sure you beat or mix the batter in one direction, preferably clockwise.

Let us see how to make this easy chocolate cake recipe.

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How to Bake this Chocolate Cake in an Electric Oven?

  • If you want to bake the cake in the electric oven or OTG, preheat the oven at 180 degrees Celsius.
  • Place the cake pan containing the cake batter in the oven and bake it for 35 to 40 minutes 180 degrees Celsius.

How to Bake this Chocolate Cake in a Pressure Cooker?

  • Spread the sand directly inside the pressure cooker and preheat it.
  • Carefully place a small stand or a metal ring on the sand to place the cake pan on.
  • Place the cake pan containing the cake batter on the stand into the pressure cooker.
  • Remove the whistle / weight from the lid of the pressure cooker. Turn the flame on low. Close the pressure cooker and bake for 35 to 40 minutes.

(1 Cup = 200 ml)

  • Eggs – 5
  • Granulated sugar – 1 cup
  • Melted butter – 75 ml
  • Vanilla Essence – 1/2 tsp
  • Maida / Refined flour – 1 cup
  • Baking powder – 1 & 1/4 tbsp
  • Cocoa powder – 4 tbsp (You can add 2-3 tbsp if you want the flavor that is less intense)

How to Make Easy Chocolate Cake?

  • In one bowl, sift together the refined flour, baking powder and cocoa powder. Sift it again. Double sifting tends to enhance the texture of the batter. Keep it aside.

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  • Grind the sugar in the mixie to a fine powder. Preheat the oven at 180 degrees Celsius. If using the pressure cooker or gas oven, preheat the sand.
  • In another bowl, break 5 eggs and add the powdered sugar to it. Beat it with an electric beater for a minute or two till it gets frothy and light. The bright yellow color of eggs will turn somewhat pale.

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  • Add in the vanilla essence and butter and beat again till everything is well combined. The mixture will look nice and frothy.

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  • Add in the mixture of sifted dry ingredients to the egg mixture little by little and beat them to combine everything properly. We do not want any lumps in the batter, so add in the dry ingredients little by little and beat everything nicely for a smooth batter.

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  • Combining the dry and wet ingredients together will take 4 to 5 minutes. You will notice small bubbles forming amidst the smooth batter. It is a sign that the batter is fluffing up and ready. It should look like a thick milkshake.

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  • Grease the cake pan with some melted butter or oil. Pour the cake batter in the cake pan. Place the cake pan into the oven / pressure cooker / gas and bake it for 35 to 40 minutes.

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  • You will see the cake rise and form a nice crust on the top. Insert a toothpick into the cake and pull it out. If it comes out clean, the cake is done. If not, bake it for a few more minutes.

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  • When the cake is done, let it cool off. Remove the cake from the cake pan. Make sure the cake has cooled off. I you attempt to remove the cake while it is still hot, the cake will break.

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Let us quickly make the easy chocolate icing recipe.

For the Whipped Cream & Chocolate Icing

  • Heavy whipping cream (I used low-fat cream instead) – 300 ml
  • Dark chocolate – 75 grams, chopped to small pieces
  • Milk chocolate – 75 grams, chopped to small pieces

How to Make Whipped Cream & Chocolate Icing

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The easy chocolate icing is ready!
  • Take the whipping cream in a bowl and beat it till it becomes fluffy. This may take 3 to 4 minutes. Do not overdo or the cream will split.
  • Take the dark chocolate and milk chocolate in a bowl and melt them in the microwave on the lowest heat for 30 to 40 seconds. Stir around well with a spoon.
  • Again, if you do not have a microwave oven you can melt the chocolate using the double-boiler method. Heat some water in a deep pan and bring it to boil. Place the bowl containing the chocolate over the edge of the pan. The chocolate will melt from the heat of the steam coming up from the boiling water. Gently stir the chocolate with a spoon continuously as it melts. Make sure the base of the bowl containing the chocolate does not come in direct contact with the boiling water, else the chocolate will burn.
  • Allow the chocolate to cool down for a minute. Then add it the fluffed up whipped cream and fold the chocolate well into the cream with a light hand using a spatula.
  • Creamy and light chocolate icing is ready.

Assembling the Cake

  • Horizontally slice the cake from the center into two disc. Apply the icing on one disc of the cake. Place another cake disc over it. Apply the rest of the icing over and around the cake. Smoothen it out with a spatula. I chilled the cake in refrigerator so that the icing will stay better (because it’s low fat cream).
  • The cake is ready to be served. If you want, you can chill it in the refrigerator and serve it cold. It will taste great both ways.

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This is the simplest and the best chocolate cake recipe ever! I hope you found the step by step pictorial helpful. I will be back again with more lip-smacking recipes. Stay tuned! Have a great Sunday!