Mama’s Moist Chocolate Cake

written by Grace Aika 19th April 2016

Aika returned from the US 4 years ago to a blogosphere that was only just emerging. Struggling to find quality content, this go-getting super-mum decided venture into the world local online content creation. She takes pride in consistently providing her family and friends with well-balanced and tasty meals. Her childhood is her biggest source of inspiration as mealtimes were always a social affair. Aika’s deliciously decadent chocolate cake is an all encompassing slice of home with a real citrus zing.



  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ cup liquid oil
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 1 cup sour milk
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup hot water

Lemon Glaze:

  • 4 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp sugar

Lemony Cream Cheese icing:

  • 250g cream cheese
  • 3½ cups icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp lemon zest
  • pinch of salt

Mama's Moist Chocolate Cake


  1. In a large bowl, mix the oil, sugar and cocoa. Add the eggs and mix, then add sour milk and continue mixing.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine remaining dry ingredients then add to the wet mix in two portions, mixing until smooth.
  3. Preheat oven to 180°C. Add hot water to the batter and mix. Split this into two same-sized greased pans.
  4. Place in oven and bake for 30-40 minutes then place on cooling rack.
  5.  In a mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, lemon juice, vanilla, zest and salt. Add the icing one cup at a time and mix until smooth. Use generously when layering the cakes.

Lemon Glaze

  1. Place ingredients in a small pot and bring to a boil while stirring. Let simmer for about a minute. Brush generously onto cooled cakes before layering.

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