Kefir Chocolate Cake
"One of my favorite chocolate cake recipes! It's made with a huge amount of cocoa and kefir."
-- @toertchenherzog


Prep time 15mins
Cook time 1hr


  • 1 cup butter, softened, plus some melted for brushing the pan
  • 2 2/ 3 cups plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, divided
  • 3/ 4 cup plus 3 tablespoons cocoa powder, divided
  • 1 1/ 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/ 2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 3/ 4 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups kefir
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 package instant coffee powder


  • Step 1

    Use a pastry brush to grease bundt pan with melted butter and dust with 1 tablespoon flour + 1 tablespoon cocoa. It’s very important that every corner of the pan is greased and dusted properly, otherwise the cake will stick to the pan. Preheat your oven to 340ºF.

  • Step 2

    Beat together soft butter and sugar for 5 minutes with your mixer, until light and fluffy. It’s very important that all ingredients have the same temperature, so get them out of the refrigerator a few hours before you start to bake. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Then add vanilla extract and mix until combined.

  • Step 3

    In another large bowl, whisk together cocoa, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and instant coffee powder.

  • Step 4

    Add half of the dry ingredients to the butter-sugar mixture, beating until just combined. Then pour in kefir and mix until fully incorporated, then add the remaining flour-cocoa-mixture and stir until just combined.

  • Step 5

    Pour batter with the help of a spatula into the greased and dusted bundt pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean, this takes about 60 minutes. Let it cool for about 10 minutes, then invert the cake onto a cooling rack and let cool completely.

  • Step 6

    Use powdered sugar or a chocolate glaze as a topping.