Before Christmas, I purchased the holiday issue of a magazine called Sweet Cakes, published by The Best of Fine Cooking. I've made several desserts from the magazine and all have been well received by Hubby and friends.
Recently, Monica from Lick the Bowl Good told me she had the same magazine so we decided to try the magazines recipe for Coffee-Chocolate Cake together. I think she will be posting about it today, as well, so I hope you will visit her web site to see what she did with this great little recipe.
10 tablespoons unsalted butter (soft)
1+2/3 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon table salt
1½ cups + 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
½ cup + 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1½ cups quality coffee (brewed and cooled)
Preheat oven to 350F and generously butter a 9" square baking pan. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper and butter the paper, then flour the bottom and sides of the pan (tap out excess flour). See note below.
With an electric mixer, cream butter, sugar & vanilla until smooth (about 1 minute). Blend in eggs, one at a time, mixing just until incorporated (about 20 seconds). With a whisk, mix in the rest of the ingredients by hand, until batter is smooth and mostly free of lumps.
Pour into prepared pan. Tap pan on counter a couple of times to remove any potential air bubbles. Bake on center rack of a 350F oven for 40 to 43 minutes.
Remove from oven and set pan on a cooling rack for 20 minutes. Carefully run a knife around the edges of the pan, invert onto cake rack and remove pan. Serve immediately or store in an air tight container (at room temperature) for up to 5 days...but it won't last that long.
NOTE: Recipe says do not used Dutch-processed cocoa powder
NOTE: Although the directions say to bake in a 9" square pan and take extra precautions with parchment paper, extra greasing and flouring, I did not do ANY of that. I baked mine in a little half-bundt pan I have and I just sprayed it with a cooking spray that has flour in it (no parchment paper). It came out of the pan extremely easy.
NOTE: Hubby hates the taste of coffee, so I made this cake using Earl Grey tea and it tasted great.
NOTE: Wrap this cake with plastic wrap (directly on the surface of the cake) while it is still very hot. Let it cool completely like that and you will have a wonderfully moist cake that will last for several days. I do this with ALL of my cakes and it never fails.
NOTE: This is such a great little one bowl chocolate cake, with excellent flavor and moistness. It would make great cupcakes and I'm sure you could double the recipe and bake it in a 9x13. ONE WARNING: If you eat this cake while it is still warm, you will not be able to restrain yourself...it is really tasty!!
NOTE: Our family members are safe at the Alaska Iron Dog finish line in Nome, Alaska, although hubbies twin brother and snowmachine had to be towed the last 170 miles (by his son) and hubbies youngest brother and snowmachine had to be towed the last 53 miles (by a buddy). Both of their engines blew up (they were brand new snowmachines). At least they are all safe and off of the trail. Thanks for your well wishes.