Aunty Bev’s mud cake

Aunty Bev’s mud cake

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  • 16
  • Easy
  • 15 minutes
  • 20 minutes

"This easy sheet cake is topped with a coconut icing glaze. The cake is lovely and rich but not super dense like some mud cakes." – Tahila Pillay


  • 250 g butter
  • 25 g cocoa powder
  • ½ cup water
  • 400 g sugar
  • ½ cup plain yoghurt
  • 1 T vanilla paste
  • 1 t bicarbonate of soda dissolved in 1 T milk
  • ¼ t salt
  • 2 free-range eggs
  • 240 g flour, sifted
  • For the topping:
  • 130 g icing sugar
  • 4 T milk
  • 60 g butter
  • 2 T cocoa powder
  • 80 g desiccated coconut

Cooking Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Melt together the butter, cocoa powder, water and sugar in a saucepan. Set aside to cool.

2. In a mixing bowl, combine the yoghurt, vanilla, bicarb in milk, salt and eggs. Add the cooled butter mixture and mix until well combined.

3. Add in the flour and mix until well combined.

4. Bake in an 30cm x 20cm greased ovenproof dish for 20 minutes or until cooked through.

5. To make the topping, melt together all the ingredients in a saucepan.

6. Pour the topping over the baked cake while it is still hot. Serve hot or cold.

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Videography: Kevashan Moodley and Romy Wilson
Photography: Tahila Pillay
Food assistant: Sophia-Maria Eygelaar

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Tahila Pillay (@Tahila.daisy) is a professionally trained chef and content creator. She’s best-known for her body and skin positivity content, but is also passionate about recipes that reflect her heritage.

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