Steamed chocolate cake

Steamed chocolate cake

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  • 4
  • Easy
  • 20 minutes
  • 35 minutes

This is a genius way to make a cake over a gas ring when the power is off. Or you could make it in advance on the stove to enjoy later.


  • 125 g butter, softened
  • 125 g sugar
  • 2 free-range eggs
  • 100 g self-raising flour
  • 2 T cocoa powder
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • Nutella, for serving
  • cream, whipped
  • fresh cherries, for serving
  • seasonal fruit, for serving

Cooking Instructions


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1. Grease a 20 cm cake tin. Mix all the ingredients until light and fluffy. Spoon into the tin and smooth the top.

2. Wrap well in 3 layers of greaseproof paper and secure tightly with string. Place the tin in a pan of simmering water, cover with the lid and simmer for 35 minutes.

3. Remove the cake tin from the water and remove the paper. Remove the cake from the tin and allow to cool. Smooth the Nutella over the top before serving. You can also serve with cream, cherries or seasonal fruit if you prefer.

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Photograph: Jan Ras
Videography: Romy Wilson
Production: Khanya Mzongwana 



Abigail Donnelly Recipe by: Abigail Donnelly
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