Oh so simple, but oh so effective – this gloopy, rich chocolate cake is the perfect remedy for long days in front of the books.


1 cup buttermilk   (or add 1-2 teaspoons of lemon juice to milk )

1 cup vegetable oil

2 eggs

2 cups flour

2 cups granulated sugar

1 tbsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

½ cup cocoa

1 cup strong hot coffee

  1. Pre-heat oven to 180?/350°F/Gas 4.
  2.  In one bowl mix the buttermilk, oil and eggs together.
  3. In a separate bowl sift together flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Add cocoa to dry ingredients.
  4. Combine the liquid ingredients and beat well for around 2 mins.
  5. Then slowly add 1 cup of hot coffee and beat it in well.
  6. Grease and line your baking tray with grease proof paper (or simply oil/butter your baking tray, put a small handful of flour in it and coat the whole baking tray.)
  7. Bake for 35-40 mins. Enjoy with or without frosting – both are equally delicious!

Namvumo Maghembe

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