420g Cake flour
300g White sugar
200g Brown sugar
65g Nestle cocoa powder
7,5ml Bicarbonate of soda
7,5ml Baking powder

5 ml Salt
3 Large eggs
315ml Buttermilk
10ml Vanilla essence
145ml Sunflower oil
315ml Fresh coffee


  1. Preheat the oven to 170°C.
  2. Grease 2 x 9-inch (20cm) round cake tins.
  3. Sieve the flour, sugar, brown sugar, cocoa powder, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.
  4. In a separate large mixing bowl whisk together the eggs, buttermilk, vanilla and oil.
  5. Little by little add in the dry ingredients, whisking to make sure everything is incorporated.
  6. Lastly add the coffee and whisk until everything is incorporated – the mixture is runny, so don’t get a fright.
  7. Divide the batter between the two cake tins and bake for ONE HOUR.


All ingredients to be room temperature, especially eggs and buttermilk