Nairobi Chocolate Cake

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."


1 h servings 508 cals
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Original recipe yields 8 servings



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

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  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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  1. 32 Ratings


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 somethi...

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

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

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, ...

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

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

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

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

Easy and Excellent.