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!
Course Dessert
Servings 12 slices


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



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


  • Mix water and cocoa and vanilla essence
  • Cream the butter and icing sugar until fluffy


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


  • Melt the dark chocolate slowly over water
  • Mix together the cocoa and water and add this to the melted chocolate and allow to cool
  • Mix in the double cream
  • Spread the frosting over the cake

To serve

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

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