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Nairobi Chocolate Cake Recipe
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Nairobi Chocolate Cake

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"This is a recipe from the American Women's Association in Kenya from the late 70's. It has been 'the' chocolate cake in my family since our Kenya days. This recipe has survived for one reason...the final product is delicious."

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Original recipe makes 1 9-inch layer cake Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    1 hr


  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two 9-inch cake pans or line them with parchment paper.
  2. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, sugar, salt, cocoa powder, 3/4 cup water, and vegetable oil in a mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add the eggs, vanilla extract, and 1/2 cup water and beat for another 2 minutes.
  3. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pans. Bake in the preheated oven until the surface of the cake springs back when lightly pressed and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 14, 2011

DELISH! Made this today just as written. I used my homemade chocolate buttercream icing to go with it. My husband wants this cake for his birthday & any other time I'm looking to bake something. "efzed", do you have any other treats that we might find scrumptious?

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 10, 2012

This is an acceptable cake, but not one I’ll make again given the other, extraordinary chocolate cake recipes on this site. In addition to not being as dark chocolate as I assumed it would be, it wasn’t as moist or sweet as I would have liked either. It cries out, then, for a sweet buttercream frosting. I made this as cupcakes; a half recipe gave me 12 perfectly shaped and nicely rounded cupcakes. I frosted them with “Mint Buttercream Frosting with Dark Chocolate Glaze,” recipe also from this site. Edit 11-10-12: This was much improved simply by adding 1/4 c. more sugar and using strong, brewed coffee in place of the water.

Feb 22, 2011

Very moist and chocolatey! This is the best non-mix cake I have ever made!

Mar 08, 2011

Perfect Chocolate Cake for any occasion. I made 12 cupcakes and 1 9in single pan cake. .Will make again....and again

Mar 22, 2011

A nice chocolate cake recipe with good chocolate flavor and texture.

Mar 30, 2011

It looks delicious i am from Nairobi i will be trying it soon.

Apr 27, 2011

good, simple chocolate cake; easy, ingredients you must perforce have in your pantry, and you can't go wrong. It crecked a bit, so I got it out of the oven early and the centre was nicely fudgy

Apr 25, 2011

so nice to see a cake recipe from Nairobi, I am from Nairobi, cannot wait to try this!! yaay!!


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  • Calories
  • 508 kcal
  • 25%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 72.2 g
  • 23%
  • Cholesterol
  • 61 mg
  • 20%
  • Fat
  • 23.5 g
  • 36%
  • Fiber
  • 3.5 g
  • 14%
  • Protein
  • 6.9 g
  • 14%
  • Sodium
  • 505 mg
  • 20%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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