Death by Chocolate

I remember getting this recipe off the radio when I was about 13 years old. They were trying to make it live on air and I think everything ended up covered in chocolate. I know when I tried to make it, that’s what happened!

I’ve only made this the once. It was a big success but was far too rich and sweet for me. I can’t fully remember what I did with the frosting in terms of thickening it up (or not).

Death by Chocolate

I think it’s safe to assume this has more calories in it than a highly calorific thing on a binge-spree!

For the Cake

  • 4 oz Butter
  • 8 oz Brown sugar
  • 2 medium Eggs
  • 0.25 pt Sour cream
  • 6 oz Plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 0.5 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 2 oz Cocoa

For the Filling

  • 2 tbsp Cocoa
  • 2 tbsp Hot water
  • 4 oz Butter
  • 5 oz Icing Sugar
  • vanilla escence

For the Frosting

  • 8 oz Dark chocolate
  • 2 tbsp Cocoa
  • 2 tbsp Hot water
  • 0.25 pt Double cream


  1. Cream butter and sugar
  2. Beat in the eggs
  3. Add the sour cream and mix well
  4. Sieve in the remainder of the dry ingredients for the cake and fold in
  5. Divide mixture between two 8″ trays and bake at gas mark 5 for 30-35 minutes


  1. Mix water and cocoa and vanilla essence
  2. Cream the butter and icing sugar until fluffy


  1. When cake is cold, cut both parts horizontally to create 4 halve
  2. Stick these together with the filling mix


  1. Melt the dark chocolate slowly over water
  2. Mix together the cocoa and water and add this to the melted chocolate and allow to cool
  3. Mix in the double cream
  4. Spread the frosting over the cake

To serve

  1. Cut into slices and warm in microwave for 15 seconds. Serve with cream or ice-cream.

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