How To Make Nigerian Cake From Scratch

Despite all of the diversity of the Nigerian cuisine, there is one dish that no wedding or birthday party can be imagined without – the glorious Nigerian cake. This cake is not like the world’s most popular desserts, but it tastes great and can be served in dozens of different ways. Find out how to bake a cake from scratch step by step right now!


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1. Ingredients for Nigerian cake

The first step in baking a cake from scratch is getting your ingredients ready. Nigerian cake is not a complicated one, but the ingredients for it need to be fresh and of the highest quality. Here is what you’ll need:

  • Eggs – 10
  • All-purpose flour – 4 cups
  • Sugar – 2 cups
  • Butter – 2 cups (room temperature)
  • Milk – 1/2 cup
  • Baking powder – 1tbsp
  • Ground nutmeg – 1/2tsp
  • Vanilla extract – 1tsp

2. How to make Nigerian cake from scratch

Finally, we’ve reached the moment when you can learn how to bake a cake from scratch. This recipe is pretty straightforward, which means even inexperienced cooks won’t have a problem whipping out a great-looking and tasting cake. Here are the steps to make a cake from scratch.

  1. Whisk butter and sugar with a mixer until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is fluffy, creamy, and light.
  2. Break the eggs into a separate bowl and whisk together.
  3. Mix the butter and sugar with the eggs to achieve a smooth consistency. Add the vanilla extract at this stage.
  4. In a third bowl combine the remaining dry ingredients: flour, nutmeg and baking powder.
  5. Start gradually adding the dry ingredients and the milk, whisking the batter continuously. When the batter is smooth and homogeneous, stop whisking to avoid overworking the batter.
  6. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and prepare the baking pan: lightly grease it with butter and dust with flour to prevent the cake from sticking.
  7. Pour the batter into the pan and put it into the oven. Bake for 1,5 to 2 hours.
  8. Check whether the cake is ready using a toothpick. Put the toothpick into the center of the cake. If the toothpick comes out dry and without pieces of the batter sticking to it, then the cake is ready.

3. How to serve Nigerian cake

Now that you know how to bake a wedding cake from scratch, you’re probably wondering how to serve it or make it more interesting. The most common way to enhance the taste of the Nigerian cake is to add dry fruits soaked in brandy to the batter.

Drizzling some brandy over the cooked cake not only helps to keep it moisturized and gives it a unique flavor, but also helps preserve the cake if you’re making it in advance.

Although Nigerian cake isn’t served with buttercream, chocolate and other traditional cake frostings and sauces, a very popular way to decorate Nigerian cake for serving is fondant. You can either cover the whole cake with fondant or simply attach shapes cut out of fondant symmetrically around the cake.


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