Easy Chocolate Cake Recipe Straight from South Africa

There’s something undeniably comforting about the rich, velvety goodness of a chocolate cake. Whether it’s a celebration or simply a craving, few things satisfy like a slice of perfectly moist chocolate cake. Today, I’m excited to share with you a delightful chocolate cake recipe that not only promises indulgence but also brings a taste of South Africa to your kitchen.


  • 1 and 3/4 cups (220g) all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup (65g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups (400g) granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup (240ml) buttermilk, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (240ml) hot water


  1. Preheat and Prepare: Start by preheating your oven to 350°F (175°C) and greasing/flouring two 9-inch round cake pans.
  2. Combine Dry Ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Mix Wet Ingredients: Add the eggs, buttermilk, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract to the dry ingredients. Beat on medium speed for about 2 minutes until well combined.
  4. Add Hot Water: Reduce the mixer speed to low and slowly pour in the hot water. Beat until the batter is smooth and well combined.
  5. Bake: Divide the batter evenly between the prepared cake pans and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  6. Cool and Frost: Allow the cakes to cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely. Once cooled, frost with your favorite chocolate frosting or ganache.

With its irresistible aroma and melt-in-your-mouth texture, this South African chocolate cake is sure to be a hit at any gathering or simply enjoyed as a delightful treat for yourself. Indulge in the richness of cocoa and the warmth of homemade goodness. So, go ahead, grab a slice, and savor the sweetness of life with every bite!

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