24 Reviews

This is the first homemade cake I've made in close to half a century. As I recall, my first attempt was a disaster, but then I was 8 at the time. In fact, other than BBQ (a man's rightful domain), this cake was my first foray into baking since those first wobbly steps, a major miracle in itself, and what a step it was! This cake is simply fabulous! I love dark chocolate and this cake doesn't disappoint - it is sinfully rich with a deep dark chocolate flavor thanks to the secret ingredient of 2 1/2 cups of strong coffee. I topped it with the equally good chocolate frosting recipe by Courtly (# 31809) and the combo was out of this world! Be forewarned, though. If you let too many years slip by like I did, you may find that all that butter and sugar prevents your system from digesting more than a slim slice at a time!

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kmpres November 22, 2011

Absolutely delicious! I made this cake for my husband's birthday and it was demolished in minutes. Easy recipe, super rich. I've already had three requests for the recipe. This will definitely be my go-to cake. It is incredibly moist which makes it a bit difficult to ice but otherwise perfect.

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DeathToFORLs October 24, 2011

Made this cake yesterday, cake turn out great, raise slightly to a dome. The steps of making this cake is abit unusual, like using butter and oil at the same time. Cake smells of the canola oil that I use when baked and the cake taste alittle rubbery, slightly bitter but very chocolaty cake.

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Tom & Jerry February 24, 2010

This was the first homemade cake my 10 &15 year old girls ever made. It was delicious! So light and fluffy. This cake has earned them a badge for 'Keepers of the Faith'. They will definately bake this again! Thanks and God Bless, Donna

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robart January 23, 2009

I overfilled my pans and ended up having to overbake this to get the middle done, and it was still outrageously delicious! Best chocolate cake I've ever made or eaten, hands down. I was testing this recipe to use for a wedding next weekend, and I will definitely be using this recipe (though I will not overfill my pans next time!). I tested this during a dinner with my in-laws, and topped it with peanut butter frosting because my FIL is a big peanut butter fan. He ate two big slices and declared the cake delicious. Even my husband, who says he does not like chocolate cake, agreed this was excellent. I followed the recipe exactly and I'm very glad I found this, it will be my chocolate cake recipe from now on. Thanks for posting!

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jujusmommy June 14, 2008

Delicious! This cake turned out just how it sounds: rich in flavor, moist, with a delicate crumb. Seems fancy, like a wedding cake. Dense but fluffy enough. Great with strong coffee, whipped cream, and raspberries, but it seems very versatile. I used Hershey's special dutched dark cocoa. So chocolate it looks black. Highly recommended.

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Jess January 28, 2016

I plan to try this recipe but I will use mild to medium coffee...definitely not strong, therefore it won't have the bitter taste ! I hope this is helpful !

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joycegeorge January 09, 2016

This cake tuned out amazing. I didn't have dark brown sugar, so I used 2 cups of granulated sugar and 1/4 cup of molasses. I also used instant hazelnut coffee with the cocoa.....it's a keeper!

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Lisa H. September 15, 2015

Don't waste your time or ingredients, the recipe has too much bittersweet chocolate and cocoa in it. no amount of icing can balance out the bitterness. the crumb resembles cake brownies in texture and top of each layer bakes up with a hard top that has to be removed.

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SweetsGuy aka Butterz March 13, 2013

I made this recipe 2 times before I discovered what I was doing wrong....

BREW YOUR COFFEE. 2 1/2 cups or Brewed coffee would have saved me.
Don't grind it finely and put it in your mix raw like I did. /facepalm.

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RickFor February 22, 2013
Moist and Rich Homemade Chocolate Cake!