Everyday Chocolate Cake

It’s really nice to wake up up in the morning, have a cup of tea and think, ‘wouldn’t it be nice to have some cake with my tea’? The answer is yes and this is the cake you want to make! It’s chocolatey and moist and you don’t need to add anything too it. Except maybe some berries and whip cream. But only if you twist my arm.

Tip: the nicer the cocoa, the more decadent the cake. Definitely buy the good stuff for this cake.

Everyday Chocolate Cake

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (see my homemade recipe here)
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter and lightly flour a standard loaf
  2. In a large bowl, on the medium speed of an electric mixer, cream the butter until smooth. Add the sugars and beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the egg and beat well, then the buttermilk and vanilla.
  3. Sift the flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt together right into your wet ingredients. Stir together with a spoon until well-blended but do not over mix. Scrape down the batter in the bowl, making sure the ingredients are well blended.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Bake for 60 to 70 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. Don’t overtake of it will be dry and crumbly. Cool in pan on a rack for about 10 to 15 minutes. Serve with berries and enjoy! 
Recipe from: smittenkitchen.com



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