When we think of chocolate cake the first memory that pops in to our head is the legendary Bill Cosby and his famous skit we call 'Dad is Great, He Gives Us the Chocolate Cake!'. The story is simply about the celebration of the deliciousness of chocolate cake... that and a way too tired father who rationalizes giving it to his children for breakfast because of its breakfast-like ingredients. We love the skit so much because it includes two of happy elements that make up Real Food Real Kitchens: Family and Food.
While the below recipe has is a modern version of what our Grandmother used to make for us as children (ours is eggless, milk-less, and has coffee in it), it still brings back those same childhood memories of never getting enough of that moist, chocolaty goodness... even if it is for breakfast, and even when it was Dad that snuck us extra!
1/2 cup baking cocoa (also set aside an additional 1 tbsp for later)
3 cups all purpose flour
2 cups sugar
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp sea salt (we used William Bounds Celtic Light Grey Sea Salt)
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
2 cups of cold brewed coffee (we used CoolBrew 25th Anniversary Chocolate Almond)
1/3 cup canola oil
2 tbsp white vinegar
1 1/2 tsp chocolate extract (we used Nielsen-Massey pure chocolate extract)
Icing to top cake (we used Amoretti's Gourmet Icing - Salted Caramel flavor)
*note: we spiced our chocolate cake up a bit by adding: 1/2 tsp all spice, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, and 1/4 tsp cayenne
Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.
Coat a 9 x 13 cake pan with cooking spray and dust with the 1 tbsp of cocoa powder you set aside.
In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, the remaining baking cocoa and if you decided to make yours spicy too add the all spice, nutmeg, and cayenne. Blend well.
In a separate bowl combine the coffee, oil, vinegar, and chocolate extract. Blend well.
Mix dry and wet ingredients together very well. Should be completely smooth.
Pour in to pan and bake at 350 degrees for about 40 - 50 minutes or until you insert a cake tester in to the center of the cake and it comes out clean. Let cool.
We use Amoretti Gourmet Icing to top off our cake, Salted Caramel flavor to be exact. Delicious!
Thank you universe for bringing CoolBrew in to our lives! Living in Florida, one of the hottest states in the country, ice cold coffee is almost always the way to go in the mornings. Making a perfect iced coffee at home had always proved to be impossible, until we were introduced to CoolBrew! A concentrated coffee that takes about 1 minute to make and tastes amazing! Add a little brew to some half n half or almond milk, your favorite liquid sweetner, a few ice cubes, stir well, and tada! Awesome iced coffee!
CoolBrew is the original coffee concentrate made by New Orleans Coffee Company, Inc. They are celebrating their 25th anniversary this year and as part of this special anniversary, CoolBrew re-released their limited edition Chocolate Almond flavor which we used in our chocolate cake above!
Icing isn't just for cakes and cupcakes anymore. Amoretti's Gourmet Icing's come in a plethora of delicious flavors that can be spread, piped, or whipped, You can use Amoretti's Gourmet Icings to delicately flavor buttercream, ganache, cream cheese, and whipping cream to fill beignets, truffles, cream puffs, and pastry shells . Or, heat them up for a glaze or drizzle on bundt cakes, cake pops, cinnamon rolls, doughnuts, and waffles. Just be creative and think outside the culinary box.