Easy Chocolate Cake with Buttermilk Pecan Icing

Easy Chocolate Cake with Buttermilk Pecan Icing


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About this recipe: A simple chocolate cake that doesn't taste that way! Made with cocoa powder and buttermilk, the chocolate cake is easy and moist. The icing is something deliciously different.

Dodi Tomancak

Serves: 18 

  • 225g butter
  • 250ml water
  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 110ml buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 250g plain flour
  • 400g caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 110g butter
  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 75ml buttermilk
  • 500g icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 120g chopped pecans
  • 1 pinch salt

Prep:45min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:1hr15min 

  1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease and flour a 23x33cm baking tin. In a saucepan, melt 225g of butter. Stir in 250ml water and 4 tablespoons cocoa powder. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, dissolve the bicarbonate of soda in 110ml of buttermilk. Stir in the eggs and vanilla. Mix in the cooled cocoa mixture.
  3. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, cinnamon and salt. Make a well in the centre and pour in the cocoa-buttermilk mixture. Stir until blended. Pour cake mixture into prepared tin. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Ice the cake with Buttermilk Pecan Icing while it's still warm.
  4. For the icing: In a large saucepan, melt remaining butter and cocoa. Stir in 75ml buttermilk, and heat until almost boiling. Stir in icing sugar, vanilla, salt and pecans. Remove from heat. Mix well and pour over warm cake.

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