MOM’S CHOCOLATE CAKE
(with a few changes so I can call it my own)
2 c. flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
1 c. milk
1 c. extra strong, hot coffee
2 tsp. espresso powder
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 c veg oil
1/2 cup cocoa (good quality)
I recipe of 7 Minute Icing (recipe follows)
Chocolate shavings or sprinkles (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. This is a great recipe for a 13×9 inch pan. If you are using round pans, you may want to use 3 or perhaps use 2 and make a few cupcakes…It makes a lot of cake 🙂 If youre using smaller pans, you will want to check the cake much earlier to see if it is set and if it is finished cooking.
Mix all together in one big bowl. Blend until there are no lumps, scraping down the sides of the mixing bowl at least one time. Scrape batter out of bowl and into the pan. Bake on the middle rack for about 30 minutes. I always set my timer for 25 minutes and check it with a toothpick to see how close it is to being done. When the toothpick comes out clean, it is done! Let cake cool on a rack until it is room temperatue. Ice your cake with 7 Minute Icing or with your own favorite icing. ( please dont buy it…homemade is soooo much better). Garnish with chocolate shavings or sprinkles.
Seven Minute Icing
1 1/2 c. sugar
2 large egg whites, at room temperature
6 TBS cold warer
1 1/2 Tbs light corn syrup
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp vanilla extract (or extract of your liking)
Bring two inches of water to a boil in a saucepan.Combine all ingredients, except the extract, in a large bowl which will fit on top of the saucepan. Beat with a handheld mixer on high speed until the egg whites are thick, and shiny…about 5 minutes. When it has quadrupled in size, add the vanilla and continue to beat 2 minutes. Use immediately.
I toasted some coconut and threw it on top of the cake with the chocolate shavings.
What do I love about this recipe? It is sooooo easy, has little cleanup, and makes a delicious chocolate cake that is not too dense.
What don’t I love about this recipe? Well, it disappears so quickly…esp when Grandma is here, as she serves it to my kids for breakfast when visiting!!!