Attempt at Zimbabwe Candy Cake

Candy Cake! (aka Chikenduza)
I have fond memories of this cake, and so do many other Zimbabweans in the diaspora. Unfortunately I have not been able to find anyone who has cracked this recipe so here goes my attempt, please try it and tell me what you think.

I am off to South Africa tomorrow and I have asked my mum to bring the original candy cake from home (We are meeting in South Africa for my brother’s wedding). I hope this one I have made will last long enough to make it to SA- we have already started to eat it! We will do a side by side taste test. My Tete who is visiting me today has tasted it too and she reckons the texture is right, just not enough sugar

The original Candy Cake was rather large, about the size of 2 muffins. Unfortunately I do not have  container that size so I used a 15cm round tin, here is the recipe  I conjured up

I used

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons yeast
  • 65g butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 75g sugar- I will double this in my next attempt
  • 1 egg
  • 300g plain flour
  • 120ml warm milk (blood temperature)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
I put all ingredients into a bowl and mixed for about 3 minutes using an electric mixer. 
Once the batter was nice and smooth I covered in cling film and let the mixture double in size
I knocked the air out and poured batter into a greased lined 15cm (6 inch) round baking pan
I covered the mixture again and let it rise for about 30 minutes then baked at 170C fan
Glacé Icing
Mix together 85g icing sugar with 1 tablespoon water until smooth. Add food colouring (I added pink- memories!) and pour over the cake
Please do try it and welcome your feedback, I will carry on searching for the original recipe buy in the meantime let’s keep working on it

0 thoughts on “Attempt at Zimbabwe Candy Cake”

  1. Hi! This is the only recipe for candy cake I have been able to find! My husband is from Zimbabwe and I really want to make this for him for his birthday. Do you have an updated recipe?

    1. Hi Amanda, I have tested it on a few people and they are happy that it is pretty much the same as the old recipe. I went home recently and they have changed it to one with baking powder, nothing like the old “yeasty” one. Would love yo see what you produce 😉

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