Black Magic Cake

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Serves: 9
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1 3/4 c all purpose flour
2 c sugar
3/4 c unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 large eggs
1 c strong black coffee
1 c buttermilk or sour milk
1/2 c vegetable oil
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

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Debora Hotard Recipe
Lightly Salted
Houma, LA (pop. 33,727)
Member Since May 2011
Debora's notes for this recipe:
This is a very old recipe that my grandmother, handed down to my mother who handed it down to me. When I was a young girl, my mother made this cake using lard. When I started baking it for my family, I replaced the lard with vegetable oil.
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Butter and flour 2 9" cake pans. Combine all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add eggs, coffee, buttermilk or sour milk, oil and vanilla.
beat at medim speed for 2 minutes. DO NOT OVER BEAT. (Batter will be thin. Divide evenly between 2 prepared cake pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes. Cake is done when center springs back when lightly pressed on.
Cool on wire racks for 10 minutes before removing from pans. Remove from pans and allow layers to cool completely before frosting.
Frost with Soft Chocolate Frosting for Black Magic Cake or use any other that you may prefer.
Note: To sour milk: use 1 Tablespoon vinegar plus enough milk to equal 1 cup. Let it stand for about 5 minutes and it will be ready to use in any baking recipe that calls for buttermilk.

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user Carole F BakersQueen - May 23, 2011
This is a good recipe, I have looked on line for quite a while for good chocolate cake recipes, and found several just like this, I have made several cakes now and this recipe with the strong coffee in it are definitely fabulous...hands down. Thank you for sharing it on is a winner!
user Carole F BakersQueen - May 23, 2011
( IS, not ARE..definitly fabulous)
user Debora Hotard Grammiedebbie02 - May 24, 2011
It is a great chocolate cake. It was the most requested cake from my chilren when they were growing up. I still make this cake for them when they visit.
user kimberly shaw kimzorshaw6 - Jun 4, 2011
Can you use bought frosting like milk chocolate to save time cause I never have the ingredients for the homemade frosting.

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