Big Cakes: Chocolate Celebration Cake

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Bake and Decorate

By Fiona Cairns

Published 2011

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This is a really dark chocolate cake, perfect for a big occasion. It’s also moist enough to serve as a dessert with crème fraîche and berries. This is a large amount of cake but, for a smaller party, use exactly half the recipe to fill a 23cm diameter, 7.5cm deep, round tin and bake for just 25-35 minutes.


For the Cake

  • 300 g unsalted butter, cubed, plus more for the tin
  • 4 tsp instant coffee
  • 400


Lightly butter a 30cm diameter, 7.5cm deep, round springform tin and line the base with baking parchment. Preheat the oven to 170°C/fan 160°C/340°F/gas mark 3½.

Set a large heatproof bowl over a saucepan of very gently simmering water, making sure the base of the