Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Moist Mocha Chocolate Cake

I prepared this cake last Wednesday but my procrastination delayed its posting. Although the cake is duely devoured by me and P, the main reason for procrastination was that during the process of removing the cake from the base of spring tin, I successfully managed to crack its top crust and my need for baking perfection went into a stress mode. Even while eating the last bits and crumbs of the cake I couldn't help thinking how nice it would've been if it had been PERFECT bake and how perfect it would have tasted than (as if the crack in the top crust dissolved some of its flavor, eyes rolling and silly me ). I know I know sometimes I find myself being a bit "Monica'ish" but then can't help it either. At one point I ruled out this one as not being "blog-worthy" too... sigh.
But now as the Monica personality is wearing down and the taste lingers of that "near perfect" mocha chocolate cake, the crack kinda disappears in my mind and all I remember is the perfect flavor, delicate texture and right crumb of the cake. So here is the recipe of my nearly perfect and not so blog-worthy Coffee/Tea Time Cake. :)

                             "Perfect" at this stage.
Seive together in a large bowl
1 cup pastry flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp vanilla extract (I used powdered extract so add in dry ingredients, I you are using liquid extract add it along with wet ingredients)
1/2 tsp salt

Prepare Coffee: Add in
1/2 cup hot water
3 tsp instant coffee granules (I used Maxwell instant coffee, add in any brand you prefer)

Using a hand blender mix
1/2 cup Hot coffee (Prepared in previous step)
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil or canola oil
1 egg
blend for 2 minutes.

Preheat oven at 175 Degree C. Grease and dust 8" or 9" cake Pan, anything smaller than this and your cake shall over flow.
Add wet ingredients to dry ones and stir gently using a wooden/rubber spatula. Do not over beat, I repeat do not over beat or else you shall end up with mocha chocolate bread.
Gently pour this cake mixture into the greased and dusted pan and place it in the oven.
Bake for 30-40 minutes or till the toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
                                                 Can you spot the crack... its right there!!!!

                                                       Hope now you can see it!!!

                                                             Ah, the flavor still lingers!!!!


  1. That looks very lovely and moist! Hubby is not a fan of dry cakes and I think this would be his kind of cake! :D

  2. Yea.. many of us don't prefer dry cakes... it tastes a bit you know harsh and dusty... cant explain it... but hope you understand lol :D

  3. Hi Mokita,
    thanks for coming to my blog, I have been looking at yours, it is great!