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Chocolate Coffee Cake

When I think of coffee cake, I generally picture a sponge cake with a cinnamon streusel topping.  The Englishman however, grew up with a coffee cake that had actual coffee in it.  So when he asked that I create a cake with actual coffee in it for his birthday, I decided to take it up a notch and create a Chocolate Coffee Cake.

Chocolate Coffee CakeSince I had never made this cake before, I put a call out on twitter for the best coffee cake with actual coffee in it.  The general consensus was that the Pioneer Woman’s cake was the best one hands down, but it was a little too sweet for the Englishman’s blood (he doesn’t have a sweet tooth) so I found a different recipe to base my cake off of, with a few modifications on my part.

The cake came out light and fluffy and had a nice coffee and chocolate flavor.  And the Englishman loved it, which was the most important thing.

Chocolate Coffee Cake (makes 1 9×5 loaf)

chocolate coffee cake close upIngredients:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 tbsp softened butter
1 egg
1 cup buttermilk
4 1/2 tsp instant coffee granules
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips


Pre-heat your oven to 350F.  Lightly grease a loaf pan.

In a large mixing bowl add your coffee, flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt and mix well.  In a smaller bowl add your butter, egg, vanilla and buttermilk.  Beat until well blended.

Gently fold your wet mixture into your dry mixture and stir well until the batter is nice and smooth.  Pour into your loaf pan and place in the oven for 25-30 minutes.

chocolate coffee cake slicesRemove from oven and let it cool.  Cut into slices and enjoy!


Twenty Eight.

Today is my 28th birthday.  While some awesome things happened while I was 27, I have a feeling 28 will be the best one yet.

This year’s birthday was a little different than birthdays past.  Just low-key birthday dinner and birthday breakfast with some of the people I love.  We are traveling later this week and have a wedding to attend, so there will be a lot to celebrate over the next few days.

Something that I am determined to do more of this year is travel.  I love exploring new places (and food!) and did not get to do nearly enough of that this past year.  Fortunately my first few days of being 28 will involve a trip and hopefully more to come.

One thing that always remains constant on my birthday is a delicious birthday cake.  And thanks to the Englishman, this year was no different.  He made this delicious cake, and it was enjoyed with some Greek frozen yogurt while watching the closing ceremony of the Olympics.  Not a bad way to spend my birthday at all.

Bring it on 28!  I can’t wait to see what you have in store for me this year.