A Classic Chocolate Cake
A gastronomic masterpiece that tastes like a chocolate brownie with a thick layer of fudge and covered in rich fruit. Originally named the “Little black dress”, this less sexist version is equally as delicious.
Servings Prep Time
8slices 30minutes
Cook Time
Servings Prep Time
8slices 30minutes
Cook Time
  • 85g butter
  • 85g dark chocolate70% and above
  • 140g flour
  • 30g cocoa powder
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 1/2tsp salt
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1/4tsp baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 2tbsp milk
  • 150ml natural yoghurt
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
Cream icing:
  • 35g butter
  • 200g dark chocolate70% and above
  • 80ml milkwarmed
  • 1/4tsp salt
  • 2tbsp dark rum or brandyoptional
  • 100ml double creamoptional
  • Fresh fruit and berries for decorationoptional
  1. Grease a spring form cake tin with a diameter of 20 cm.
  2. Preheat oven to 165°C.
  1. Melt the butter with the chocolate and allow to cool slightly.
  2. Sift the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, salt, soda and baking powder into a large bowl and mix with a whisk.
  3. In a separate bowl mix the eggs, milk, yogurt and vanilla extract.
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix thoroughly until a smooth batter the consistency of thick cream forms.
  5. Pour into prepared pan, and bake until a skewer comes out clean (30-40 minutes).
Cream Icing:
  1. Melt butter and chocolate together in a double boiler.
  2. Gradually pour in warm milk stirring regularly to keep chocolate from seizing.
  3. Add pinch of salt and brandy if using.
  1. Allow cake to cool. Then pour slightly cooled icing over and allow to cool and set. Decorate with fruit and serve.
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