Chocolate Kefir Cake

This Chocolate Kefir Cake is moist and delicious. It's lighter than regular chocolate cake but still has intense flavour and is perfect to end any meal. Great for Valentine's Day dessert | Imagelicious

Makes 1 8-inch cake

Course Dessert


  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar (see note below)
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1/4 cup apple sauce (unsweetened)
  • 1 cup kefir or buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon orange oil


  • 60 g chocolate chips (semi-sweet)
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 teaspoon orange oil


  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Butter an 8-inch cake springform pan and dust it with cocoa powder.
  3. In a large bowl whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, salt and baking powder.
  4. Add oil, apple sauce, kefir, orange juice and orange oil.
  5. Mix together until smooth batter forms and all flour disappears.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean.

Once cake has cooled, make the glaze:

  1. Melt the chocolate over a water bath or in a microwave in a small bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl mix together icing sugar, water and orange oil until smooth.
  3. Add the melted chocolate to the icing sugar bowl and mix well.
  4. Pour the glaze over the cake and enjoy.


  1. Slice the top off the cake since it'll be domed anyway. Finely crumble the sliced top of the cake and add 1 or 2 spoonfuls of the glaze to the crumbled cake. Add 1 spoon of rum (or to taste). Form balls and decorate the cake as in the pictures.

Recipe Notes

If you prefer sweeter cakes, then use 1 cup of sugar instead of 3/4 cup. OR make simple syrup with dissolving 1/4 cup of sugar in 1/4 cup of water, then soaking the cake in the syrup, this makes the cake super moist.