What’s more delicious than coffee and chocolate? Coffee and chocolate together. Coffee will enhance the taste of the chocolate in this cake. This cake is very simple to make. You can add any kind of chocolate icing or just a little powdered sugar to each slice as it is served. The best way to keep it fresh is in an air tight container. I add olive oil, but you can omit it and add vegetable oil if that is what you have. This is an interesting twist on a chocolate cake, some unexpected combinations, but delicious and light. My daughter LOVES it!
Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Butter an 10 inch round pan and lightly dust with all purpose flour. In a large bowl, mix together your dry ingredients: cake flour, dark chocolate cocoa, baking soda, and fine kosher salt. Set that aside. Then work with your wet ingredients: white sugar, one cup of freshly brewed coffee (warm), olive oil, vanilla, and balsamic vinegar. Whisk that really well. Then whisk it into the flour mixture until its smooth, don’t over mix. Use the mixer to make it smooth. To give the cake some texture add chocolate chips – dark chocolate chips or bittersweet chocolate chips.
Pour the batter into the 10 inch round, and place it on the top rack of the oven. Let it cook about 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out dry, oven temperatures can vary. You could even cook it at 375, just check it with a toothpick. Let it cool on a cooling rack for 20 minutes. I like to serve this with a little powdered sugar. Simple and delicious!
Dark Chocolate Cupcakes
I have made this recipe but doubled it and made 24 cupcakes. The oven temperature is the same, but cooking time is roughly 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean or the top of the muffin has a little spring to it. Also, use a brightly colored foil cupcake holder which will hold up great and has a nice bold color.
This was a double layer cake I made. In the center I put a marshmallow icing. I heated about 15 medium sized marshmallows in a pot, and I put the pot inside a larger pot filled with boiling water. I added about 3 tablespoons of butter. I stirred the marshmallows until they melted, then iced the cake once it cooled a little. You can use a double boiler as well. You can add food coloring to make the icing a color too! YUM! A little trick is to heat up each slice for a few seconds in the microwave so the marshmallow icing melts and oozes over the sides of the cake.