Black Magic Cake

If you are looking for black magic, you are in the wrong page.

However, this is a recipe on how to forget your child’s birthday. It is quite simple really.


  • Internal calendar or as mothers’ call it vague memory that should not be debated about. Reminds me, when growing up, of how mothers were always right even when it was dead wrong.
  • An actual desk calendar
  • Phone calendar
  • Family breakfast
  • Errand list in a new handbag

How to affirmatively forget your child’s birthday;

  1. Unknowingly design your own internal calendar.
  2. Insist that this internal calendar is correct without a doubt.
  3. On the actual day of the birthday, wake up late and enjoy the Saturday morning routine with your little ones.
  4. As you take breakfast, your little one insists it’s her birthday and you insist it is on Sunday i.e. the next day.
  5. Head out and shop for birthday cake ingredients, meet up with your Saturday pals, run errands and then pass by hubby’s office in the afternoon.
  6. One look at your hubby’s calendar tells you something is off about the date.
  7. Counter check with your phone calendar and realize that your brain tricked you and that your little one was right after all.
  8. Drop everything and head back home and make the cake with your little one as a way of apologizing ..
  9. Thank God for creating the genius who made Google because of this recipe.

She didn’t buy my apology but at least she loved the cake.

Ladies and gentlemen; The Black Magic Cake awaits


  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup strong brewed coffee
  • 1 cup buttermilk – i used 1 teaspoon of white vinegar mixed with milk, others suggest add lemon juice to milk. Others can get them off a supermarket shelf. Be the genius here.
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil – i used virgin coconut oil coz of the aroma.
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two 9 inch round cake pans or one 9×13 inch pan. (I used 2 sufurias of the same size, measured with a tape measure and a toddler as my able & ever watchful assistant)
  2. In large bowl combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Make a well in the center.
  3. Add eggs, coffee, buttermilk, oil and vanilla. Beat for 2 minutes on medium speed. Batter will be thin. – The batter was very thin. I triple checked this part while contemplating how to tell my toddler that mummy has ruined her cake and we have to start all over again. I bit my tongue & let it be. My next plan of action was tell her the oven is spoilt and i will take her out for lunch after church.
  4. Pour into prepared pans.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 to 40 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes, then remove from pans and finish cooling on a wire rack. Fill and frost as desired.

For the frosting i used:

  1. 500ml whipping cream – I used Brookside. Bakers will understand when i say blame my choice of brand on the #60DaysOfJanuary
  2. 1 tablespoon Chocolate flavored essence
  3. Caster sugar
  4. Chilled/frozen glass bowl.
  • Using a hand held mixer, beat the whipping cream in the chilled glass bowl. I put my glass bowl in the freezer for 20 minutes. This helps in making the whipping cream hold together in the process of beating it.
  • When it starts becoming frothy, add in the chocolate essence and a bit of the sugar
  • Continue beating it for a minute or slightly longer.
  • When it becomes thicker, add a bit more sugar.
  • Continue mixing until a firm peak is formed.
  • After that, we had fun unprofessionally applying it on the cakes.

NB. Recipe is not my own. Original source in the links above.

No pictures are available because the kids slept on a sugar high resulting in too much fun on Saturday night with nothing to show for it but it looked like something like this; (image is still borrowed from google).



Published by nafulalusimba

I love words written in beautiful prose. I am a woman who is in love with Jesus and loves to cook. I am a bride in boots.

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