Donna Hay’s Classic Chocolate Cake

I must admit I am not a huge fan of Donna Hay. I do like her approach to food: fast, fresh and simple and her food styling is amazing (I am exceedingly jealous of her ability in this area!). I think my apathy stems from the fact that none of her recipes I have seen (to date) have blown me away. There is nothing that attaches me to a cook book (or a chef) more than mind-blowing recipes that I am dying to try!

I received a subscription to Donna Hay Magazine for Christmas and I have a friend on Twitter that idolizes Donna. It is not uncommon to see tweets with a picture of a lovely-looking meal that has come from a Donna Hay recipe.

I started thinking that perhaps I hadn’t given enough of her recipes a chance in the kitchen. It was time to try one out!

I wanted chocolate cake. I wanted a cake that was made with real chocolate and not just cocoa. I wanted a quick and easy recipe, and I wanted a delicious chocolatey cake! It was now or never for a Donna Hay recipe to perform!

I searched Donna’s website and as you’d expect, it was very pleasant to navigate around. I settled on a Classic Chocolate Cake.

It was easy to make. I had all of the ingredients in my pantry to make it and it sounded delicious! Success was only 50 minutes away!

I must admit, it was a lovely way to spend a Saturday morning and I am thrilled with the result. Donna lives to fight another day in my kitchen, and I promise to give her a fair run from now on!

Classic Chocolate Cake


  • 300g dark chocolate, chopped
  • 250g buttter
  • 5 eggs
  • ½ cup caster sugar
  • 1¼ cups plain flour (I used anchor brand flour for cakes and pastries)
  • 1¼ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¾ cup almond meal


  1. Preheat your oven to 150 degrees
  2. Melt the chocolate and butter in a saucepan over low heat or melt in the microwave. I prefer the microwave for this operation but you must be extremely careful as the chocolate can burn easily. I set the microwave on 40 seconds and just keep taking out, stirring, and putting back until melted. Put it to one side to cool a bit.
  3. Using an electric mixer, beat the eggs and sugar for about 10 minutes or until they are pale and thick. I used the paddle attachment of my mixer for this.
  4. Sift the flour and baking powder and add to the eggs and sugar.
  5. Add the almond meal to the mix and then fold it all through the chocolate mix.
  6. Butter and flour a 23cm round cake tin.
  7. Pour in the mixture and bake for about 50 minutes or until cooked when tested with a cake skewer.
  8. Cool completely in the tin before turning it out.

I chose to serve the cake with just a sprinkle of icing sugar but you can add a chocolate icing of your choice. It is a very rich cake and a sprinkle of icing sugar and a dollop of double cream was perfect!

  • Anonymous

    Eating cake is my hobby and this classic chocolate cake is my favourite cake. I love all chocolate recipe  and this is my one of the chocolate recipe.
    Cheap kitchens

  • Db

    Hi. .. wanted to know if i can bake it in the microwave rather than in an OTG.

  • Scrumptious

    We haven’t tried it in a microwave, but obviously that provides a very different cooking environment! If you try doing it that way make sure you let us know how it turned out!

  • Cat

    Hi is the temperature for fan forced or normal oven?

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