Mamas Schokoladenkuchen

A dear friend from AR sent us this cake recipe, ‘Mama’ being her dear mother-in-law.

‘Mama’ was a German lady, and her chocolate cake recipe is still a family favorite.

Mamas Schokoladenkuchen


  • 2 sticks butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup kefir or buttermilk
  • powdered sugar to dust, if desired


Melt the butter in a sauce pan, then add water and cocoa powder.  Stir until smooth and set aside.

In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking soda, cardamom and salt.  Add the liquid mixture from the saucepan, the eggs, and the plain kefir or buttermilk.

Blend well; the batter will look glossy.

Preheat oven to 350ºF and grease a 9×13″ cake pan.  If using a different cake pan, baking time will have to be adjusted.

Pour batter into the cake pan and bake for 25 – 30 minutes; the cake is done if an inserted wooden tooth pick or skewer comes out clean.

Let cool, then dust with powdered sugar.



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