John and Lisa's Weekend Kitchen

Lisa’s favourite double chocolate cake with chocolate fudge sauce

John and Lisa are back in their Weekend Kitchen with winter warmers and festive feasts aplenty.

They start the series with their Classic Cooks and how to perfect some of the nation's favourite meals - from steak and ‘chips’ to an irresistible chocolate cake that you’ll want to make again and again.

There’s also a beautifully simple chicken pie (made with a super quick pastry) and twice baked goat’s cheese soufflés that are sure to impress.

Lisa’s favourite double chocolate cake with chocolate fudge sauce

Serves 10


340g caster sugar

230g plain flour

90g cocoa powder

2 tsp baking powder

2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 pinch of salt (optional)   

2 tsp vanilla extract 

2 eggs 

140ml vegetable oil

250ml milk

250ml boiling water 

For the icing

125ml water

150g golden syrup

50g cocoa powder

100g dark chocolate chopped

25g butter

1 tsp plain flour


1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/160ºC fan and grease and line a  rectangular tray bake tin (approx 30 x 23cm) with baking paper. 

2. Combine all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix together. In a separate jug combine the eggs, oil, milk and vanilla extract and then mix into the dry ingredients. Then add in the boiling water and whisk the entire mixture.

3. Scrape the mixture into the lined tin then bake for 35 - 40 minutes.

4. To check the cake is cooked, insert a skewer into the centre; it should come out clean when the cake is ready. Transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then turn out and leave to cool completely. 

5. For the icing, put the golden syrup into a pan and heat up. Then add the water, cocoa powder and flour into the pan and mix together. Bring to the boil to cook out the flour, and then reduce the heat slightly and simmer for a few minutes.

6. Remove from the heat and whisk in the butter and the chocolate. When cooled, spread over the top of the cake and serve.

Tip - As an alternative, try a patchwork buttercream topping for a party look.

John and Lisa's Weekend Kitchen