Coffee-Chocolate Cake

Recipe for Best Chocolate Birthday Cake
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3 squares (3 ounces) unsweetened baking chocolate
1-1/3 cups strong brewed coffee, divided
3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) butter, softened
2 cups packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt


Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter two 9-inch cake pans and line with parchment paper.

In a pan over low heat, melt chocolate in ⅓ cup of coffee, stirring constantly. When melted, set aside to cool slightly.

In a bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, and beat well. Add vanilla and blend in chocolate. Beat well.

In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Add dry mixture alternately with the remaining 1 cup of coffee, mixing just enough to combine, by hand or on lowest mixer speed.

Pour batter into prepared pans and bake for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes in pans, then remove and cool on a rack. (Layers are fragile; handle carefully.)

Frost with Coffee-Chocolate Frosting, below.

Coffee-Chocolate Frosting


Makes 1 cake. Serves 12 to 16.

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Except for using Hershey's

Except for using Hershey's cocoa instead of the unsweetened chocolate, this recipe sounds so much like the heavenly chocolate cake my late mother-in-law used to make. We never were able to get a written recipe, so this helps.


Please fix "coolon" rack and Dark "Choclolate" Frosting :)

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Many thanks for your keen eye(s)!

Sounds good

Sounds good

The strong coffee does it....

The strong coffee does it....

strong coffee

help me understand please. does it mean to use coffee grounds or already prepared coffee??

Strong Coffee

Prepared coffee. Please, don't use grounds. :)

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Use coffee the beverage, Pegg, not coffee grounds. Enjoy!

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