Chocolate Cake with Pecan Icing

    1 hour 15 minutes

    This is an old recipe for an absolutely delicious chocolate cake with pecan icing. You could substitutes walnuts if you prefer.

    88 people made this

    Serves: 18 

    • 250g butter
    • 1 cup (250ml) water
    • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 1/2 cup (125ml) buttermilk
    • 1 teaspoon bicarb soda
    • 2 eggs, beaten
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
    • 2 cups (250g) plain flour
    • 2 cups (440g) white sugar
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 125g butter
    • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 1/3 cup (90ml) buttermilk
    • 4 cups (600g) icing sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
    • 1 cup chopped pecans
    • 1 pinch salt

    Preparation:45min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:1hour15min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease and flour a 20x30cm pan. In a saucepan melt 1 cup of butter. Stir in 1 cup (250ml) water and 4 tablespoons cocoa powder. Remove from heat and set aside.
    2. In a medium bowl, dissolve the bicarb soda in 1/2 cup of buttermilk. Stir in the eggs and vanilla. Mix in the cooled cocoa mixture.
    3. In a large bowl sift together the flour, sugar, cinnamon and salt. Make a well in the centre and pour in the cocoa buttermilk mixture. Stir until blended. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Ice the cake with Buttermilk Pecan Icing while it's still warm.
    4. For the icing: In a large saucepan melt 125g butter with 4 tablespoons cocoa. Stir in 1/3 cup buttermilk and heat until almost boiling. Stir in icing sugar, vanilla, salt and pecans. Remove from heat. Mix well and pour over warm cake.

    Recently Viewed

    Reviews and Ratings
    Global Ratings:

    Reviews in English (90)


    Best cake ever! I omitted the pecans from the icing, because I didn't have any at the time, and I omitted the cinnamon. I also added a tsp. of baking powder, it gives the cake a little more lift. I'll never buy another box cake again, this one is so easy to make.  -  13 Sep 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Excellent chocolate cake, I've been looking for a good recipe like this for a LOOOONG time. I didn't change anything about it. I made it the first time with the icing as suggested, it was great, but I found the icing a bit too heavy and the cake on its own without the icing speaks for itself. I've made it about 5 times, and have taken it to parties, and everyone gets at least 3rds!  -  29 Sep 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    WOW!!! This turned out GREAT! I live at 5K feet, so usually cakes flop and turn out so gross, but I made this just the way the recipe says. I omitted the cinnamon, used whole milk instead of buttermilk, and substituted a "yogurt spread" for the butter. And baked in two 9" rounds for 28 minutes. Turned out GREAT! I added a bit more cocoa powder and it tastes great! I didn't use the frosting, sicne this is for the child I babysit, and his mom is going to decorate the cake for his birthday. Thank you! It's yummy!  -  08 Mar 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)