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Monday, March 14, 2011

Deep Dark Chocolate Cake ~ Sure Things


March Madness starts this week and unless you're a foreigner like Nuria or don't follow college basketball like dw, or live under a flipping rock, you know what's up. for four weeks i'm actually enthralled with this sport, i follow my brackets closely and i hope for upsets, pray for a repeat year of winning cus mama could use another pair of purple pumas. (never mind that i have a pair of sweet fuchsia ones...)

for this particular event i try to steer clear of sure things... Duke? eff them. in previous years i've had OH (the Big O, hayo...) win it all but they're ranked pretty high this year. then i heard on the news that Charles Barkley thinks the KS Jayhawks are gonna take it. oh, the decisions! do i go for the team with the pretty colors, or the one where i know someone who went there & we're friends or go with the professional opinion... who do you have winning?

with this weighing on my mind lately, i had to turn to a recipe that i knew would be a Sure Thing. i've made this cake half a dozen times already, all with the same sure results. this cake is not like college basketball, no one was upset when i brought it in for a colleague's birthday.

Deep Dark Chocolate Cake
adapted from Marilyn B.

2 cups Sugar
2 Eggs
1 3/4 cup AP flour
1 cup light cream (or buttermilk)
3/4 cup Cocoa
1/2 cup veggie oil
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup hot coffee

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease & flour a round cake pan (9x1 - 1/2)

In a mixing bowl combine dry ingredients.

Gradually add eggs, cream or milk, and oil. Beat on high speed until well incorporated, about 2 minutes.

Remove from mixer; stir in hot coffee. (batter will be thin).

Pour into prepared pan.

Bake 30 to 35 minutes, or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.

Cool completely.

Ice as you'd like.


  1. Hey Lan!

    Good to see you like this cake so much. Like you, I have made this cake many times for special people in my life and in turn creating memories that last beyond the final crumb.

    Much love,
    Marilyn B.

  2. Mmmmmm cake. The last one I did was a complete #fail (why am I #ing in a comment?) but this one looks lurvly.

    I have to get my brackets done tonight. In our office the loser has to supply lunch. I may not win but I do not want to lose.

  3. Comment #2 - assuming you used a 9" cake pan, does this make enough batter for one pan or two? Because I see two lovely layers in your photo.

  4. @marilyn, i can't thank you enough for sharing this recipe with me back in ther summer! it is always a hit!!

    @wendi, girl i am lazy. i used one pan, cus that's just one pan to wash! it does rise quite a bit & i just cut it to get two layers. and really? loser has to buy lunch? egads. that is just added pressure!

  5. i never follow march madness, but i have an unusual amount of pride for our hometeam (byu) because they have an all-star. and maybe because it's my alma mater.

    i love chocolate cake.

  6. I have no idea what's going on or who's winning. And I don't have a TV so it's easy to keep totally tuned out. But good luck on the bracket!

  7. Now that my mom is retired, I don't have an office pool to participate in. I swear the one at my office is rigged.

    I'm not one to turn away a chocolate cake, especially with the words "deep dark" preceding it.

  8. Any baker worth his/her salt should have a goto chocolate cake recipe, and echoing Ali, anything pronouncing itself as "deep dark" has my name all over it. Mine is about the same as yours and yes, it never fails me.

  9. @jen, i think i have BYU going pretty far, because of you! :)

    @stephanie, thank you!

    @ali, boo to rigged pools!

    @pickyin, my previous go to chocolate cake called for Guinness which is not something i have on handy. this particular recipe is great because i usually have ALL the ingredients in the pantry already.

  10. The contrast is beautiful. Please post the icing recipe you used?