Recipe by J. Miller
"A very simple to make chocolate cake that I developed while trying to combine my chocolate and coffee cravings. It tastes so good no one will believe how easy it was! (It can be frosted with chocolate or coffee icing but I like it plain.)"
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1 1/8 cups
unsweetened cocoa powder
cold, strong, brewed coffee
I made these into 12 cupcakes today while three guys installed a new air conditioner. I left three on one plate, and left the other nine on a platter. I told them to each help themselves to "a" cupcake. I went about my business and they with theirs. Next thing I know, I see two of three guys with frosting moustaches and the plate with nine cupcakes gone! They said thank you several times, proclaimed the cupcakes amazing and told me I was "a good woman." Once they left, I tried one myself--yep, they're good. REALLY good. When making the batter I used the coffee hot. I read somewhere that hot coffee or boiling water has some kind of reaction with the cocoa that makes it bloom and bring out the depth of its flavor. I frosted these dark, moist and chocolatey cupcakes with my own vanilla buttercream frosting. There are now two left for Hubs when he gets home!
Due to the coffee that's added, this cake is quite moist; however, it is not a sweet cake and though I planned just to sprinkle some powdered sugar on top, I found that this was not enough, so I had to make some chocolate frosting to go on top. Whipped cream would also make a good topping.
Perfect! I made no changes. I too hesitated because I don't drink or like coffee, so I was worried that the cake would taste like coffee - it didn't! Instead, it gave it a unique flavor not achievable with either water or milk.
The texture was wonderful. Here's a hint for novices: this texture is only achieved if your butter/sugar mixture does NOT separate when you add the egg. So scramble the egg briefly and add it to the mixture a little at a time). Instead of icing, I put (Stonyfield) yogurt on it (full fat and plain as I like it) while my husband ate his cake with vanilla ice cream. A keeper! Thank you. BTW this cake is just as delicious plain or with some walnuts in it.
I've made this cake twice in the last week: once for my future in-laws and once for my family. It was SO easy and absolutely delicious. I don't drink coffee so I was a little worried it would taste like coffee, but it didn't. This cake was moist, not too rich and with a nice crumb. I served it with vanilla frozen yogurt and berries. ONE THING: I found that it was done perfectly after 30 minutes...everyone's oven is different so I always recommend checking early instead of too late!
LOVE IT! Even my husband liked it and he's not a big chocolate fan. This literally takes me 10 minutes to throw together once I have all my ingredients ready. I get 16 cupcakes out of this recipe and bake them for 20 min or doubled, I bake it 50 minutes in a bundt pan or 40 minutes in a 9X13. My only change is using piping hot coffee instead of cold. This cake isn't very sweet but it's ... just perfect. If you have a big sweet tooth you might want to ice it with a fairly sweet icing. Creamy Chocolate Frosting from this site is a great topper! The cake is delicious plain or frosted and has a wonderfully moist texture that isn't wet or fudgy. Don't worry if you're not a coffee drinker because it doesn't leave even the slightest hint of coffee flavor but it definitely enhances the chocolate so don't skip it! It freezes well and was very easy to work with when making my son's robot cake for his birthday. Absolutely fantastic and even better the second day! Thank you! This is what chocolate cake should taste like!
always good, very easy to make!
I have made this for my friends probably 6-8 times - for birthdays, for dinner parties, for a girls' night in. Each time it gets rave reviews. I just pour 200 grams (~7 oz) of melted plain chocolate over it, and it gets comments like "the most amazing chocolate cake ever".
I've also experimented - I've added freshly squeezed orange juice, and garnished with orange slices - that was a hit.
This cake was very easy to make, but in the end my batter tasted very very strongly of coffee. So I added 1/2 cup of sugar, doubled the amount of vanilla and added about 3 or 4 dashes of Coffeemate. Yes, Coffeemate (the vanilla caramel flavor). It tasted great in the end and I was very very happy!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Simple 'N' Delicious Chocolate Cake
Serving Size: 1/10 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 10
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 94
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