Our Signature Chocolate Cake

Who doesn’t love a Chocolate Cake?! And, our Signature Chocolate Cake is a real crowd pleaser at The Old Hardware. So, while we all have a little extra time on our hands, we thought we’d share our recipe so you can bake at home – particularly for those missing our homemade sweet treats!


50g Cocoa
6 tbsp Boiling Water
5 Eggs
250g Soft Butter
250g Caster Sugar
250g Self-Raising Flour
3 tsp Baking Powder
3 tbsp Milk
225g Apricot Jam

For the icing:

50g Butter
50g Cocoa
350g Icing Sugar, sieved
About 3 tbsp Milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius
  2. Measure the cocoa into a bowl and mix with boiling water to form a smooth paste
  3. Add in the remaining ingredients for the cake, apart from the jam
  4. Beat until a smooth mixture
  5. Spread evenly in the tin
  6. Bake in the oven for about 30 mins, until springy and the edges shrink away from the sides
  7. Leave to cool for a bit in the tin, before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely
  8. Once cooled, before icing, spread the jam over the cake

For the icing:

  1. Melt the butter gently in a pan
  2. Add the cocoa and stir well for a minute
  3. Remove from heat, add the icing sugar and milk and mix well until smooth
  4. Leave to set to a spreading consistency, before pouring and spreading evenly over the cake

Decorate and enjoy!

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