• 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 3 tsp instant coffee powder
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • ⅔ cup veg oil
  • 2 large eggs

Butternut Coating

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • a pinch of nutmeg powder
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 tsp egg yellow food color + 2 tsp red food color (orange food color substitute), adjust the color if needed OR 2-3 tsp orange food color


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

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  • In a large bowl, combine and sift the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, salt, cocoa powder and sugar. Mix until well combined. Set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the wet ingredients: hot water, coffee powder, vinegar, vanilla extract, vegetable oil and eggs. Mix until combined.
  • Combine the wet and dry ingredients. Mix until well incorporated.
  • Mix until the batter becomes smooth. Do not over mix.
  • Pour the cake batter into the greased loaf pan.
  • Tap 3 times to release air bubbles.
  • Steam the cake for 50-60 minutes or until the toothpick inserted comes out clean. Don’t forget to wrap the lid with cotton cloth to avoid water from dripping into the cake.
  • OR
  • Bake in a preheated oven at 175 C for 50 minutes or until the toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Glaze the whole cake.
  • Coat the whole cake with butternut coating.
  • Slice the cake and enjoy!

How to Make Butternut Coating

  • In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, nutmeg, butter, vanilla. Mix to combine. Mix well using your hands.
  • Transfer in a pan and cook for 5 minutes over low heat. Allow to cool completely. Transfer into a bowl.
  • Add powdered sugar. Mix well. Use your fingers to break up lumps easily.
  • Add orange food color. Adjust the color ratio if desired. Set aside.

How to Make Glaze

  • Combine all the ingredients: powdered sugar, milk and vanilla extract. Mix well.

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