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Tuesday, July 20, 2010


Yesterday I promised you a to-die-for dessert from Cloris.  Have your taste buds every had an orgasm? They will with this baby. In honor of the upcoming Coffee Day celebrations July 24th, here’s Cloris’s Magical Mystery Mocha Cake. -- AP


3/4 cup sugar
1 cup flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. salt
1 oz. unsweetened baking chocolate
2T butter
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
4T cocoa
1T  instant coffee (optional, depending on how strong a mocha taste you want)
1 cup cold espresso or coffee (make it double strength for a stronger mocha taste)
1 cup either chocolate chips, dried cherries, dried raspberries, walnuts or combination of any of these

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix together first 4 ingredients.  Melt chocolate and butter.  Add milk and vanilla.  Stir to blend.  Add to flour mixture, stirring well until batter is smooth.  Mix in chocolate chips/dried fruit/nuts.  Pour into greased 8” x 11” pan.  Combine remaining sugar, brown sugar, cocoa, and instant coffee.  Pour evenly over batter.   Pour cold espresso over sugar/cocoa mixture.  Bake for 40 minutes.

For an even more decadent dessert, serve with a scoop of java chip ice cream. Just plan to diet for the rest of the month.

Have a favorite dessert that sends your taste buds into ecstasy? Let's hear from you.  -- AP


Kathye Quick said...

This sounds wonderful! But I need to swear off goodies like this for 50 more pounds.

But I do have a guilty pleasre - Chocolate lava cookie - Chocolate chip cookie, heaps of melted chocolate sauce, scoop of vanilla ice cream, more choclate sauce. 1000 calories of pure heaven.

Kathy said...

Diet for the rest of the month? I think you'd better make that the rest of the year. I'm having visions of that cake with a scoop of the chocolate icecream from the week before. I think my vision just put 10 pounds on my hips.

Janet said...

Death by chocolate. What a heavenly idea.

Pattie T. said...

Sounds yummy. A picture would have been nice, or cruel, I can't decide which. ;-)


Pattie, I thought about adding a picture. Problem is, by the time I got my camera, there was little left of the cake!

Misty Evans said...

Another tasty chocolate recipe to add to my collection. Thanks, Anastasia! I love anything with espresso and chocolate together.


Donna Fletcher Crow said...

thanks for the heads-up on DorothyL, Anastasia. Put me in the chocaholics queue.

Candy said...

OMG made this yesterday afternoon for dessert last night. We loved it so much I had to share with my neighbors who called this morning wanting me to make more cake for them to share with their families (live in a neighborhood of elderly couples). Will be making this for all my family gatherings. Thank you so much.


So glad you and your neighbors enjoyed it, Candy!

Cris Anson said...

Um, could Anastasia possibly bring it to an LSFW meeting? It does sound to-die(t) for!


Maybe for the Christmas party, Cris.