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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

In The Kitchen With Kanta : Chocolate cake

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It’s Friday and that means its cheat day; and what better way to cheat than with a decadent and utterly scrumptious Chocolate cake. This cake doesn’t need much of an introduction – chocolate cake, is chocolate cake.  It’s rich, flavoursome, sweet, and literally melts in your mouth, but don’t take my word for it; try it yourself.


Preparation: 30min| Baking: 20min| Ready in: 50min 


Serves: 10 


For the chocolate cake


  • 3 large eggs
  • 175g self raising flour
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 175g softened butter
  • 1½ level tsp baking powder
  • 40g cocoa powder

For the buttercream icing

  • 85g butter
  • 175g icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon milk


Combine the flour and cocoa powder.

Preheat the oven to 170 ?C / Gas 3. Grease and flour two 8 inch round cake tins, or one 3 inch deep, 8 inch round cake tin.

Put all of the margarine and sugar into a large mixing bowl and cream them together with an electric mixer until the mixture is pale, creamy and fluffy.

Crack one egg into the margarine/sugar mixture. It is important that you do not over whisk at this point; use the mixer on its lowest setting until the egg is just mixed in. Repeat this process with the second egg and then the third egg.

Sieve the flour-cocoa mixture into the mixing bowl, gradually.  Give the mixture a quick stir with a wooden spoon; then turn the mixer on and mix everything together very well.

Divide the mixture evenly between the two tins. Bake in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes. To make sure the cake is cooked completely, insert a knife or tooth pick through the centre of the cake, if they come back clean then the cake is done. Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool on a cooling rack.
Whilst the cake cools, make your buttercream icing; mix the butter and icing sugar well until smooth.  Add in cocoa powder and milk and mix again until smooth; once the cake is cool, spread over your light and sweet buttercream icing; and decorate with chocolate sprinkles if you’d like.

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Chocolate cake always goes down well with a hot brew, but if you want something other than tea and are feeling extra adventurous, then enjoy it with a hot mug of cocoa – every chocoholics dream.



Kanta Temba is a cake maker and decorator. She is also the owner and founder of Kanta Kakes – cake shop.

You can find her work on www.kantakakes.comFollow her on twitter @KantaKakes and Instagram @KantaTemba.

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  1. Chocolate cake has to be one the most simplest and cheapest cakes to make so much that its widely used for work birthday cake presents in England…I hate the sight of it!

  2. Yes Jay Jay cheap so that you and all the other poor Zambians who always complain can afford it. Get a life.

  3. Haha you definitely don’t have sophisticated palates. I’m surprised you even know what that means. Truth is you are so simple, basic and backwards. No matter what she offers you will complain. The poor girl has to dumb herself down for you poor, complaining Zambians, Fancy yourself a chef why don’t you write your amazing recipes on your own food column….Oh wait you don’t have one. You don’t even offer constructive criticism you just criticise. Typical Zambian mentality “Pull him/her down syndrome” it’s no wonder Zambia is struggling and no one succeeds you people are so jealous of your fellow Zambians. Why can’t you be more like the Nigerians , or the Jews or the Chinese. They help each other support and encourage each other, hence they succeed as a nation and develop…

  4. Continued: But you Zambians – no you think the only one that is great is the white man and any time a fellow Zambian is successful you pull him or her down. It’s called Jealousy and Envy

    • You lost me when you included the white man…like I have stated time and time again Kanta is a Pastry Chef so she shouldn’t mind if we criticize; this is valuable feedback her. To be a Chef you have to thick skinned its not for the faint hearted like yourself…you are not only cooking for husband or Grandma who will be biased. This is the selfsame reason we are fed utter rubbish at hideous prices in so called “Posh” eateries in Zambia as people do not know their consumer rights.
      I think this word “Jealous” is overused in Zambia.

  5. Haha ba Jay Jay the gay got told. Jay Jay go and eat pap, animal ala, giving the rest of us Zambians a bad name. You must be a very miserbale man or boy, whatever you are. STOP HATING! Well done Kanta, great recipe. I will try this

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