I’m not stretching the truth when I say that this is the best chocolate cake you’ve probably ever had in your life. Sure, it may not be enrobed in a layer of fancy ganache, or umpteen pencil-thin layers. This is a cake your grandmother would have made. I entered it in my local fair last year, and it took 1st prize. For this small town, that is a whole lot of prestige, people.

The cake is dark and super moist – yet, very light and airy. The secret is the hot cup of coffee in the batter. And then, there’s the frosting. Oh, the frosting. Rich and chocolaty with a hint of coffee from a touch of instant espresso powder. Isn’t it funny how adding a bit of coffee can really help to boost the different notes in chocolate? Love it! It’s an easy cake to make too. Bakes beautifully, and the frosting is very easy to spread and work with. My favorite cake, hands down. I’m confident it will continue to be a favorite for many years to come!

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