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Serena’s Dark Chocolate Dream Cake


When chocolate cake is the only answer!

This cakes credit goes to my sister Serena, who found this recipe and shared it with me (after some begging was done). Let me just say, it is probably the best chocolate cake I have ever had. Melt-in-your-mouth moist, not too sweet with a smooth dark chocolate icing. Where are chocolate dreams made of? Serena’s Dark Chocolate Dream Cake!

I love baked goods, especially ones with a vanilla custard, cream cheese frosting or chocolate ganache! But I am also a bit particular when it comes to the sweetness of a cake or cupcake. I prefer dark chocolates, lemon flavours, and yoghurt cake sponges that tend to be less sweet. I always use less than the recommended amount of sugar in my baking because I feel like the sweetness can often suppress the actual flavour of whatever I am baking. And sugar is not great for you hahaha.

This cake was the best find my sister ever had! For real! I LOVE this cake. I have made it 3 times since she gave me the recipe earlier this year. Once with strawberries on top (because dark chocolate and strawberry cake are to me like catnip is to cats), once with blueberries on top and once plain. It’s just so good, and so damn easy to make – which is a problem because I would make it every weekend if I could.

The recipe doesn’t need too many ingredients and is quite quick to make, to be honest. Perfect for EVERY occasion! Birthdays? add some sprinkles and candles and you will have a winner! Coffee or tea with friends? YES, scones come second to this. Dinner party? Who needs mousse? Haha okay, maybe I am just crazy, but it really is so yummy and I hope you make it so you can see for yourself!

Serena's Dark Chocolate Dream Cake

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


For the cake

  • 225 g All Purpose Flour
  • 200 g Castor Sugar
  • 85 g Good quality cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 2 Eggs
  • 250 ml Milk
  • 125 ml Vegetable/sunflower oil
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 250 ml Boiling water

For the icing

  • 200 g Dark Chocolate
  • 200 ml Double Cream


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celcius. Spray a round baking tin with spray n cook or butter it and lightly flour it. 

  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix together all the ingredients, except the boiling water. Mix until smooth.

  3. Slowly add in the boiling water while mixing. Mix until combined and smooth.

  4. Pour into the cake tin and bake for 35min, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow it to cool down.

  5. Once the cake is mostly cool, start the icing. 

  6. In a saucepan on a low heat, mix together the cream and chocolate. Keep stirring so the chocolate does not burn. Once the Chocolate is almost melted, remove from the heat, and mix until it is smooth, The warm cream will melt the rest of the chocolate.

  7. Allow it to cool down slightly, 2 min, and then pour over the cake. Decorated with sliced strawberries, whole blueberries or raspberries, sprinkles or even shavings of white chocolate!


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