Easy chocolate cake recipe that always look and tastes great.

We are always trying to come up with new ideas for our photographs and the days that we take the pictures are always a little fraught with us all trying to get things right. There is the lighting to consider, reflections, shadows, colours and of course how we can get the tablecloth to look it's best with what we have available to dress it with.

We have a few trusty staple props which include sandwiches, cakes and wine, all of which normally get consumed before the photographs are finished. Two birds with one stone photograph them first then have lunch, using a wipe clean tablecloth of course!

A photo of the chocolate cake displayed against some our of bright wipeable tablecloths

A couple of customers have commented on the chocolate cake that appears in a few of the pictures. It is really easy to make so I can soon put it together the night before and know it will always turn out. It was a recipe from my mum, she used to turn it into a back forest gateaux with black cherries and fresh cream when I was a child but it works equally as well with chocolate ganache or vanilla buttercream.

In case you need to produce a great looking cake that is as delicious as it is fool proof I have shared the recipe below:

  • 6 ½ oz. Self raising flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 Teaspoon of Baking powder
  • 1 ½ Coco powder
  • 4 oz. Caster Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons of Golden syrup
  • ¼ Pint of Milk
  • ¼ Pint of Vegetable oil



Line three 7½ inch tins and pre heat the oven to gas mark 4, 180°C or 350°F.

Sieve all of the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Mix all of the wet ingredients together in a jug then add to the dry. Mix until combined. Spread evenly between the 3 tins and bake for approx. 25 to 30 minutes. How easy is that!

Allow to cool then fill and decorate as desired.

If you are preparing on your kitchen table and you have an acrylic coated tablecloth on don't worry any mess will wipe straight off.

Bake and enjoy!