Easy Chocolate Cake with Buttermilk Pecan Icing

    1 hour 15 min

    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.

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    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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    Best cake ever! I omitted the pecans from the icing, because I didn't have any at the time, and I omitted the cinnamon. I also added a tsp. of baking powder, it gives the cake a little more lift. I'll never buy another box cake again, this one is so easy to make.  -  13 Sep 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Excellent chocolate cake, I've been looking for a good recipe like this for a LOOOONG time. I didn't change anything about it. I made it the first time with the icing as suggested, it was great, but I found the icing a bit too heavy and the cake on its own without the icing speaks for itself. I've made it about 5 times, and have taken it to parties, and everyone gets at least 3rds!  -  29 Sep 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    WOW!!! This turned out GREAT! I live at 5K feet, so usually cakes flop and turn out so gross, but I made this just the way the recipe says. I omitted the cinnamon, used whole milk instead of buttermilk, and substituted a "yogurt spread" for the butter. And baked in two 9" rounds for 28 minutes. Turned out GREAT! I added a bit more cocoa powder and it tastes great! I didn't use the frosting, sicne this is for the child I babysit, and his mom is going to decorate the cake for his birthday. Thank you! It's yummy!  -  08 Mar 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)