Death by Chocolate Cake Recipe

Death by chocolate cake is by far my all-time favorite cake. I love the simplicity of this chocolate cake recipe. This one can also be made from everyday ingredients that are readily available in Harare. It’s called death by chocolate because of the way it’s so packed with flavor. I wouldn’t be surprised if this one becomes your favorite too.

To get the best results when baking this cake I recommend you use natural cocoa powder and sour milk (Lacto). Maybe ndakaroiwa (I’ve been bewitched), but I just can’t start baking without a pint or so of sour milk. I’m not affiliated to the Dairiboard but my favorite is super Lacto. Inoita (It works)!

Without much chit-chat here’s the recipe.

Death by Chocolate Cake – The Zimbabwean Recipe

Dry ingredients

  • 2cups cake flour
  • 1teaspoon baking powder
  • 2teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1teaspoon salt

Wet ingredients

  • 3/4cup oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk or sour milk
  • 3eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla or chocolate essence
  • 1 cup freshly brewed strong hot coffee


** please make sure all ingredients are at room temperature to achieve the best result

  1. Preheat the oven at 180 degrees
  2. Grease 2 8inch tins and line them with baking paper
  3. Measure and sift the dry ingredients at lest 3 times
  4. In a separate bowl add the eggs, buttermilk, oil, essence. Mix until combined
  5. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients
  6. Add the hot coffee and whisk or beat on low speed until the butter is completely combined
  7. Divide batter evenly between pans
  8. Bake for 30mins.

The recipe above is how you would bake this cake in Zimbabwe. However, If you’re like me and like binging on baking videos from YouTube. I’ve shared a video from a great recipe website The video shows an alternative way of making the same cake. I must admit I’m a sucker for great baking videos, and this video is one of those fun ones to watch.

If you’re just starting out, and would want to learn how to bake other types of cake. You can check out the Simple Vanilla Cake Recipe for beginners that I shared a few days ago. After than you can also subscribe to get notifications whenever I share a new recipe.

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