Oh I forgot to mention, this chocolate cake is not overly sweet and it's ridiculously easy to bake.
What are you waiting for?
Wash your hands and pre-heat the oven to Gas Mark 3. 140C / 275F or if fan assisted 160C / 325F
Step 1: Ingredients. (metric)
250g / 9 oz. Self raising flour.
250g / 9 oz. Unrefined soft brown sugar.
50g / 2 oz. Best quality cocoa powder ( not drinking chocolate, gnargh! ) .
250g / 9 oz. Plain / Dark chocolate - again the best you can afford / liberate etc.
250g / 9 oz. Butter, unsalted is ok if you must, but a low salted (1.8%) is preferable.
4 Large eggs.
For the Ganache / icing.
400g / 14 oz. Plain / dark chocolate.
284ml - 300ml / approx 9 fl. oz. Single (thin) cream, the real stuff, accept no substitute.
25g / 1 oz.Butter ( as above ).
Cocoa powder for dusting.
2 1/2 - 3 heaped dessert spoons of icing sugar.
A sheet of baking parchment / grease-proof paper 38x38 cm / 15x15 inches approx.
Abov is the International Standards Symbol ISO 3864 denoting chocolate cake making in progress.
You can check out the real ISO 3864 it might even save your life one day.