Are you hungry tonight: Dirty chocolate cake 

Are you hungry tonight: Dirty chocolate cake

This is one of my signature dishes: a really basic chocolate cake recipe that’s extra-indulgent thanks to all of the chocolate sauce and delicious walnuts. It also looks really elegant with raspberry dust. This is a special take on a chocolate cake I’ve had on every single birthday since I was born – although this one hasn’t got Smarties dotted on the top highlighting my age!


100g unsalted butter

200g caster sugar

2 large eggs

3 tbsp cocoa powder

65g plain flour

seeds of 1 vanilla pod

80g milled walnuts

big handful of fresh raspberries

15g freeze-dried raspberry dust or whole freeze-dried raspberries


70g unsalted butter, softened

200g milk chocolate

100g icing sugar

100ml double cream

  • You will need a 20cm cake tin. Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Grease the tin and line with baking parchment, then grease the parchment on the sides of the tin.
  • Put a small saucepan of water on to boil. Set a heatproof bowl on top, then add the butter and allow to melt. Remove from the heat and add the sugar and eggs, then whisk together.
  • Add the cocoa, flour, vanilla and milled walnuts. Mix to combine. Pour the mixture into the lined tin and bake for 15-20 minutes. Once the cake has baked and cooled, make the icing.
  • To make the icing, set another heatproof bowl over the boiling water in the pan and add the butter and chocolate. Let them melt together, then add the icing sugar and double cream. Whisk until smooth.
  • Spread the icing over the cake and top with the fresh raspberries and raspberry dust or freeze-dried raspberries.