My delicious chocolate cake


Hi all!

A few of you have been asking for my chocolate cake recipe, so here it is! It's more or less a chocolate Victoria sponge with fudge icing, but it seems to go down well with the family.

A few years ago when the children were small and didn't like 'proper' Christmas cake, I used to turn this cake into a chocolate log cabin – maybe you'd like to try that too?

170g (6oz) golden caster sugar
170g (6oz) soft margarine
170g (6oz) self-raising flour
3 medium free range eggs

227g (8oz) icing sugar
57g (2oz) soft margarine
57g (2oz) cocoa powder
About 1 – 2 tablespoons semi-skimmed milk (enough to make a smooth consistency)

1. Grease and flour a 18cm (7") deep cake tin and pre-heat the oven to 180C (gas mark 4).
2. Using a wooden spoon, cream together the margarine and caster sugar until a pale straw colour, then beat in the eggs one at a time.
3. Still using the wooden spoon, add about 57g (2oz) of the flour and continue beating. Then fold in the rest of the flour and the cocoa powder with a metal spoon. Stir together until you have a smooth dropping consistency.
4. Spoon into the prepared tin and cook for about 35 minutes. The cake's ready when it springs back when you lightly touch the centre.
5. Once the cake's cooked turn it out of the tin on to a wire rack. Once it's completely cool put in in a cake tin overnight – I find this makes the cake more moist.

Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl, adding the milk a little at a time until you have a soft, spreadable texture.

Cut the cake in half horizontally and sandwich together using about half of the icing. Then spread the rest around the sides and across the top of the cake.

For the snowy roof of the log cabin I just used thick glace icing, made from icing sugar and water. I made the door, windows and chimney out of cardboard, but you could do a more professional finish with shop-bought fondant shapes.

Let me know if you use the recipe and how your cakes turn out. It's probably a bit late for my Christmas cake recipe, but if anyone would like it I can post it here too – it should be OK if you make it in the next week.

Happy baking!
Julia xx


  1. Debbie Eastwood February 16, 2009 at 11:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    I have just seen the Markon Footwear show, please can you ask them to more shoes/boots in Size 3. It is all very well saying to go down a size but I am not even on the same planet for shoe sizes.

  2. julia roberts February 20, 2009 at 4:49 am -  Reply

    Hi Debbie I will ask for you – we don’t seem to do too much in the way of petite sizing but we should.
    Julia x

  3. gary April 22, 2009 at 7:04 pm -  Reply

    hello, julia, seen you last night, cant remember what you were selling but as meat loaf says in his song ” you are a real dead ringer for love” you have a really nice mix off selling with some humour. keep up the good work!

  4. patricia taylor October 19, 2009 at 11:25 am -  Reply

    Julia Roberts i have a bone to pick with you! I love the show, its always really great and informative, and i have wrote to you before about this, but you are driving half the men in this country crazy, you are turning some of them into little puppy dogs, once fine soccer playing men including my husband are being reduced to watching qvc at all hours to see you! last night my simon and 4 of his pals were away at the man city game and i was watching your show , which i really enjoy, however as i start early i went on to bed around 12.15, however at 12,50 i awoke and could hear the telly on, and presumed i had left it on, on entering the living room i was shocked to find my husband and his 4 buddies sitting mesmerised looking at your legs. on asking what was going on? one of the group totally oblivious to my presence stated to the others ” look at those legs” i will not state what the reply from another was in case children are reading these..Julia Roberts i want an explanation for this!!! i hope you and your mum had a good holiday in spain keep up the good work i love the shows

  5. julia roberts October 27, 2009 at 11:58 am -  Reply

    Hello Pat
    I did reply to your previous post, which had me laughing out loud when I read it. I’m thrilled that someone likes my legs ………. I’ve never been a fan of them myself!!!!!
    My suggestion is that you select Sky Sports News (405) and then take the remote to bed with you!
    love to you and Simon
    Julia xx

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