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Chocolate Mocha Cake

What you need: 

3 cups unbleached all purpose flour, sifted
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 cups cold coffee
1 cup canola oil
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon white vinegar

What you do: 

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 13x9" metal cake pan with cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, salt, and baking soda together.
2. Make a large hole in the middle of the mix and add the coffee, canola oil, vanilla extract, and white vinegar into the hole.
3. Mix the ingredients together until it makes a smooth batter. Pour the batter into the cake pan and bake 35-40 minutes, or when an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
Source of recipe: This recipe is for when I have large parties, or I want to make a huge birthday cake design for family/friends.

Preparation Time: 
10 minutes, Cooking time: 35-40 minutes
Cooking Time: 
35-40 minutes
Recipe Category: 


Happy to hear you liked the cake. If you want a more intense flavor you can also add 1 1/2 tsp of Coffee Flavor Extract. That's what I do for family members who really love coffee.


I made this last night and it is a good, spongy, and very chocolatey.  It would work well with a frosting, but also works without.

This cake was easy and fast to make, another plus.

I used olive oil since it is what I had (not EVOO, just pure).  I used Trader Joes unsweetened powdered cocoa, and a french press for the coffee.  I baked it in a large rectangular lasagne pan for 40 minutes. 

I ended up using 1 1/2 c of the coffee only (it seemed too liquid so did not want to add the last 1/2 cup).  The change I will make next time is to use espresso coffe instead, so it has a more pronounced mocha flavor.

Thanks for sharing this!

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