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COCOA COFFEE CAKE WITH VANILLA ICING SUGAR FROSTING

COCOA COFFEE CAKE WITH VANILLA ICING SUGAR FROSTING

This is the first of many recipes & food styling posts that will be gracing this new blog. We want this to be a place where we can share our favourite recipes, renovation progress, DIYs and home interiors. Essentially, Craven Homestead is our nonwedding related commercial portfolio with a personal blog. We've recently started our kitchen renovation and although it's not quite in a terribly unusable state, I wanted to cheer myself up with a chocolate cake. Not too sweet and heavy on the chocolate, this is my new go-to chocolate cake recipe.

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INGREDIENTS:
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup coffee (I used pour over coffee from my Chemex)
1 cup water
3/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons white vinegar
2 teaspoons vanilla

ICING:
2 cups icing sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
6 tablespoons milk

*makes 2 11” inch layers or 24 cupcakes
 

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Prepare two 11-12 inch cake pans with butter.

3. Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl until everything is well blended. Add the wet ingredients and mix well to combine. Evenly divide the batter between the two pans and bake until the top springs back gently when pushed, about 20-25 minutes. You want the cake to be moist, but not runny in the middle. Let the cakes sit for 5-10 minutes then remove from the cake pans and cool completely on a wire rack. 

4. For the frosting, combine all the ingredients in a medium sized bowl and mix together with a spoon. You can alter the consistency by adding icing sugar or milk. I made mine quite thick so it didn't run too much. 

5. Finishing your cake: Trim your layers so they are flat and even. Frost your first layer, adding about 1 cup of frosting to the middle, spreading around the first layer and pushing excess to the sides. Top with the second layer and repeat. Enjoy!

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