{Recipe} Divine Rooibos Tea Chocolate Cake

{Recipe} Divine Rooibos Tea Chocolate Cake

Being proudly South African I adore rooibos tea and I love cooking with it. This rooibos tea chocolate cake recipe is one of my all time favourite and go-toes. This recipe is from my grandmother’s recipe collection – which I might add is a old file holder filled with cut outs from magazines, I’m sure you all know what I’m talking about. Who else has a file full of old family favourites? I’ve modified this recipe slightly for modern times. The original calls for tea leaves but I found using a rooibos tea capsulre in my nespresso machine works great and cuts 20 minutes from the recipes.

So if you are a fan of chocolate cookies and tea, why not try them combines in this Rooibos Tea Chocolate Cake ?!

Rooibos Tea Chocolate Cake

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Ingredients:

  • 250 ml Boiling water
  • 1 – 2 Rooibos Tea Bag(s)
  • 125 ml Cocoa Powder
  • 4 Extra Large Eggs, separated
  • 300 ml Sugar
  • 125 ml Sunflower Oil
  • 5 ml Vanilla Essence (optional)
  • 450 ml Cake flour
  • 15 ml Baking powder
  • 2 ml Salt

Method:

Pour the boiling water over the tea bag and steep for 20 minutes, if you don’t have patience, like me on most days, just pop it in the microwave for 1 minute, mix the tea and cocoa powder together until the powder is dissolved. Beat the egg yolks and sugar until creamy, add the oil and vanilla. When everything is combined well you can add the cocoa mixture, give it a quick mix. Sift the cake flour, baking powder and salt together and add it in, mix it until everything is just just combined, be careful for over mixing.

Lastly whisk the egg whites until stiff and fold into the batter using a metal spoon. Divide the batter into two pans and bake for 40 minutes at 180° for 40 minutes. If you prefer using one large pan like I do keep a close eye on the cake, it can take up to 60 minutes to bake through, use a test pin after each extra 10 minutes to check the cake.

I usually decorate using a  chocolate buttercream frosting (which isn’t dairy free) but you can decorate it with just about anything, caramel treat is another favourite. The cake is and stays beautifully moist!

Rooibos Tea Chocolate Cake

Deliciously moist chocolate cake that is dairy free!
Course Tea Time
Cuisine South African
Keyword Cake, Chocolate, Rooibos Tea
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
2 hours
Total Time 3 hours
Servings 10 slices

Ingredients

  • 250 ml Boiling water
  • 1 - 2 Rooibos Teabags 1 Redspresso tea capsule works too!
  • 4 large Eggs Separated
  • 300 ml Sugar
  • 125 ml Sunflower Oil
  • 5 ml Vanilla Essence
  • 450 ml Cake Flour
  • 15 ml Baking Powder
  • 2 ml Salt

Instructions

  • Pour the boiling water over the tea bag(s) and steep for 20 minutes, if you don’t have patience, like me on most days, just pop it in the microwave for 1 minute. If you're using a tea capsule, prepare the tea.
  • Mix the tea and cocoa together until the powder is dissolved.
  • Beat the egg yolks and sugar until light, fluffy and creamy, add the oil and vanilla.
  • When everything is combined well you can add the cocoa mixture, give it a quick mix - remember to slow down your mixer so you don't shoot this mixture all over your face and walls.
  • Sift the cake flour, baking powder and salt together and add to the mixture.
  • On the slowest speed mix everything until it'ss just just combined, be careful for over mixing.
  • Lastly whisk the egg whites until stiff and fold into the batter using a metal spoon.
  • Divide the batter into two pans and bake for 40 minutes at 180° for 40 minutes. If you prefer using one large pan like I do keep a close eye on the cake, it can take up to 60 minutes to bake through, use a test pin after each extra 10 minutes to check the cake.
  • Turn out onto cooling raks and leave until completely cold before frosting.

Notes

I usually decorate using a  chocolate buttercream frosting (which isn’t dairy free) but you can decorate it with just about anything, caramel treat is another favourite. The cake is and stays beautifully moist!
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6 Comments

  1. Ronnae
    10/07/2015 / 10:50

    Yummy recipe, going to try it out.

    • Lizna Erkelens
      10/07/2015 / 11:07

      Let me know how it comes out Ronnae 🙂 xx

  2. Liza Leimlehner
    28/07/2015 / 14:29

    Yummy!!!! Lizna if we ever do meet up you simply need to spoil me with this. Sounds soooo Amazing. Don’t you have a easy peezi Dummy Proof Cheese Cake?

    • Lizna Erkelens
      28/07/2015 / 14:56

      I will see what I have, most of mine involve some folding in or melting something haha, I promise however that I will make you this cake when you visit me 🙂 xx

  3. Angel_Aarthi
    03/08/2015 / 14:47

    Looks ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS! Will have to try this recipe when I have more time on my hands! 🙂

    Keep baking and keep sharing your amazing recipes Lovely Lizna.

    xo, Aarthi.

    • Lizna Erkelens
      03/08/2015 / 18:19

      Hi hun! Let me know how it comes out and if you can’t find rooibos tea I will help you look for an alternative you can use xx

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