I think it is safe to say that I have mastered the chocolate cake.
My favourite chocolate cake recipe, I think it might be one of those popular New Zealand ones that no-one has any idea where it's originally from but it's usually in your recipe book under "(insert Aunty/Family Friend's name)'s chocolate cake." In my case, this is "Rebecca's Chocolate Cake." Thanks Rebecca, whoever you are, you're a legend.
2 cups sugar
1 cup of sour cream/yoghurt
3/4 cup cocoa (I always add a bit extra)
200grams butter, softened
2 tsp baking soda
1 &1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
3 cups self-raising flour
1 cup boiling strong coffee
Cream butter and sugar, add eggs and vanilla, then add all the rest of the ingredients. You can honestly just chuck this thing in the food processor and it comes out amazing. Then you cook it at 160 degrees celsius for around an hour and voila, you have a ridiculously rich chocolate cake. Delicious filled with jam or cream and strawberries/banana and iced with ganache or chocolate buttercream.
In this case I whipped up a quick chocolate buttercream and drizzled grand marnier and chocolate sauce overtop. HA-MAZING.