This is a pretty nice recipe because it’s simple (I usually have all the ingredients in my pantry, and you can mix it all by hand) and yet has such a rich taste of chocolate.
- 3 cups flour
- 2 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 cups hot water
- 3/4 cup oil
- 2 tbsp white vinegar
- 1 tbsp instant coffee
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
Butter two 8 inch cake pans.
Blend the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.
In a large cup combine the water, oil, coffee, and vanilla. Add to the dry ingredients and whisk until combined.
Bake at 350F for 35 to 45 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
I really don’t have a specific recipe for chocolate frosting. I make it by combining cocoa powder (maybe a cup), with powdered sugar (maybe 2 cups?), and then adding whole milk and blending until all the dry ingredients are incorporated into a creamy mix. I add about a tablespoon of melted butter to make it shiny and smooth. I keep adding sugar until I like the taste — not too bitter. That’s it.