baked goods, My Recipes, RECIPES

Black Magic Cake

May 15, 2020

Fancy yourself a soft and moist chocolate cake covered in decadent buttercream and a layer of silky smooth ganache? Well then say hello to this Black Magic Cake.

Back in the day, my gran’s favourite box of chocolates was called Black Magic. I remember exactly what the box used to look like and what the chocolates inside smelt like. I was never a fan as a kid because I didn’t like dark chocolate, but if they were still around today I’d be all over them like a white on rice.

This cake is pretty much like those chocolates. The sponge is dark in colour, bittersweet and soft, the buttercream sweet and enticing like the centre of a chocolate truffle. Then the dark chocolate ganache hits you with a hint of yummy bitterness like only dark chocolate knows how to do.

It’s really good, in fact a lot of people have messaged me to say that it’s the best chocolate cake they have ever tasted! I like that. It’s also not hard to put together, which is always a bonus, so give it a whirl.

*This is not my own personal recipe, I googled this cake and pretty much every one I found was the same, so I decided to try it out.

You can have a look at a bunch of my other recipes if like just by clicking here, I have something for everyone, I think šŸ™‚

INGRIDIENTS for a Black Magic Cake:

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda/bi-carb
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk OR 1 cup milk with 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar in it (let it sit for 5 mins)
  • 1 cup strong black coffee
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 and a half teaspoons vanilla essence


  • 200 g dark (70%) chocolate
  • 2/3 cup cream
  • 200 g unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Salt


  1. Heat oven to 180Ā°C (fan-assisted 160Ā°C when not). Grease two standard sized (23 cm) round cake tins.
  2. In a mixing bowl add the flour sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt, give it all a stir with a fork.
  3. Then add the eggs, buttermilk (or milk mixed with lemon juice), oil and vanilla essence and salt. Beat on medium speed for a minute before adding the hot coffee. Then mix for a further 2 minutes. The batter will be pretty thin, so don’t worry.
  4. Pour the batter evenly into your two prepared pans.
  5. Bake for 28-30 minutes or until a sharp knife inserted into the center comes out clean.
  6. Cool for a few minutes in the pans before taking them out and cooling them completely on wire racks.
  7. Make the icing.


  1. The icing is made up of two parts, buttercream and ganache. We’ll start by making the ganache.
  2. Finely chop up all the chocolate. Set aside.
  3. Heat the cream in a small pot over low heat until it starts to boil. Remove the pot from the heat and then pour in all of the chopped chocolate. Make sure the chocolate is completely covered by the cream. Leave for a few minutes then stir into a smooth glossy ganache. Let it cool for a bit.
  4. In a mixing bowl beat the butter, cocoa and icing sugar on a medium speed for about 4 minutes until light and creamy, scrape down the sides of the bowl every so often.
  5. Add the vanilla essence and beat until well combined.
  6. Separate your ganache in half. Add one half of it to the buttercream and mix until nice and smooth.
  7. Place one layer of your cooled cake on a serving plate and then spread about half the buttercream over the top. Place the second layer on it and then spread the remaining buttercream over the top.
  8. Pour the other half of the ganache into the middle of the top layer of the cake (over the buttercream) then using a knife or the back of a big spoon spread it out into an even layer šŸ™‚

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  • Reply Lettie Smith May 18, 2020 at 3:19 pm

    I am going to bake the chocolate cake this week, it looks absolutely lovely. Can’t wait.

    • Reply angie June 19, 2020 at 6:32 pm

      Oooooh hope you made it and liked it šŸ™‚

  • Reply Cindi May 27, 2020 at 10:11 am

    Hey, I was wondering if I could half the sugar?
    Would it affect the texture?

    • Reply angie June 19, 2020 at 6:32 pm

      Ooooh I’m not sure to be honest…haven’t tried doing that.

  • Reply Werner July 24, 2020 at 3:05 pm

    Do you perhaps have a recommended baking time if I use this mix for cupcakes?

  • Reply Irene September 2, 2020 at 4:26 pm

    Hi I made this cake. It was lovely. Thank you for the recipe.

  • Reply Miss P September 21, 2020 at 3:44 pm

    Hi… all purpose is the same as cake flour ,right? Iā€™m never too sure šŸ™ˆ. Thanx in advance

  • Reply Natalie November 11, 2020 at 6:27 pm

    Does the coffee taste come through? Can I replace it with more cocoa? Can’t stand the taste of coffee but want to make this amazing cake.

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