Espresso Cake (recipe)

Espresso Cake

Mmm Mmm Mmm. Can you believe that this is my first entry to Sugar High Friday for the year? I don’t know what’s taken me so long! :) But look at this cake, I think it was worth the wait :) This time around Domestic Goddess asked participants to post desserts that they ‘crave’. Well I crave chocolate cake. Not only is it the cake that I make the best but it also needs little to no adornment :)

Light, moist and incredibly intense in flavour this recipe for Espresso Cake hides one little ‘secret’, wholewheat flour! If you’ve never tried wholewheat flour in a dessert recipe I strongly suggest that you give it a try. It adds a whole other level of richness without any of the heaviness that you might expect (of course this is when used in the right proportions ;) ). Plus, you can use it to trick yourself and your friends into having another slice, cos it’s good for you :P

That’s what I’m telling myself anyway :)

Because this cake leans towards the bittersweet I suggest serving it with a light counterbalance such as a drizzle of semisweet chocolate sauce, custard, sweet cream, or as I have above, a splash of confectioners sugar. For my own personal taste I think frosting would be overdoing it, but you be the judge! :)


Espresso Cake
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Adapted from a recipe in O, The Oprah Magazine
Serving Size: 14

Ingredients:

2/3 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup raw cane sugar (Turbinado)
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup brewed coffee, cooled

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°. Spray a 9-inch cake pan with cooking spray. Line bottom of pan with waxed paper; spray paper. Dust bottom and side of pan with cocoa powder, tapping out excess; set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine flours, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside. In another bowl, combine oil, eggs, vanilla and coffee. Mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients and pour into prepared pan.

Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in middle of cake comes out clean. Cool cake in pan on a wire rack 10 minutes.

Espresso Cake

Run a knife around edge of cake and invert onto a wire rack; peel off waxed paper. Invert again onto rack to cool completely.

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  • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

    no eggs wow
    i want instant espresso powder

    • agds

      how long does it take to make

  • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

    no eggs wow
    i want instant espresso powder

    • agds

      how long does it take to make

  • http://www.cookingninja.com The Cooking Ninja

    That’s one deliciously sinful looking cake.

  • http://www.cookingninja.com The Cooking Ninja

    That’s one deliciously sinful looking cake.

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Lilandra – there were 2 eggs :)

    The Cooking Ninja – mmm it tastes good :) wish i had more mouths to help me eat it :(

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Lilandra – there were 2 eggs :)

    The Cooking Ninja – mmm it tastes good :) wish i had more mouths to help me eat it :(

  • http://www.theperfectpantry.com Lydia

    I’ve never used whole wheat pastry flour, but I’m a big fan of white whole wheat flour for most of my baking these days. Will have to try this recipe; it looks scrumptious.

  • http://www.theperfectpantry.com Lydia

    I’ve never used whole wheat pastry flour, but I’m a big fan of white whole wheat flour for most of my baking these days. Will have to try this recipe; it looks scrumptious.

  • http://www.cookingninja.com The Cooking Ninja

    Wish I live nearer to you. I would definitely help you finish it ;)

  • http://www.cookingninja.com The Cooking Ninja

    Wish I live nearer to you. I would definitely help you finish it ;)

  • http://www.rosas-yummy-yums.blogspot.com Rosa

    Your espresso cake looks fabulous! I’d love to eat a slice of it now ;-P…

  • http://www.rosas-yummy-yums.blogspot.com Rosa

    Your espresso cake looks fabulous! I’d love to eat a slice of it now ;-P…

  • http://maninas.wordpress.com/ Maninas

    The cake looks amazing!

  • http://maninas.wordpress.com/ Maninas

    The cake looks amazing!

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Lydia – white whole wheat flour? i’m intrigued!

    Ninja, Rosa, Maninas – Thanks! :)

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Lydia – white whole wheat flour? i’m intrigued!

    Ninja, Rosa, Maninas – Thanks! :)

  • http://lifesmorgasbord.blogspot.com/ Nora B

    I like the sound of that cake. I will give it a go soon. Thanks for the recipe.

  • http://lifesmorgasbord.blogspot.com/ Nora B

    I like the sound of that cake. I will give it a go soon. Thanks for the recipe.

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Nora B – You’re welcome :) Best Wishes :)

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Nora B – You’re welcome :) Best Wishes :)

  • http://www.hovlaneblog.com/wordpress/ Josh Lane

    Oooooooh, I need some of that!!

    It’s on the list of things to make & eat when I get back!

  • http://www.hovlaneblog.com/wordpress/ Josh Lane

    Oooooooh, I need some of that!!

    It’s on the list of things to make & eat when I get back!

  • http://www.tartelette.blogspot.com Tartelette

    That cake sounds great. Like Nora B. I’ll have to try it soon.

  • http://www.tartelette.blogspot.com Tartelette

    That cake sounds great. Like Nora B. I’ll have to try it soon.

  • http://trinigourmet.com josie

    Hi.

    I would like to inquire why in the recipe there is 2 eggs and half a cup of oil, yet there is none in the assembly of the cake . You are asking for applesauce and eggwhites, Thank you.

    Sincerely,
    Josie

  • http://trinigourmet.com josie

    Hi.

    I would like to inquire why in the recipe there is 2 eggs and half a cup of oil, yet there is none in the assembly of the cake . You are asking for applesauce and eggwhites, Thank you.

    Sincerely,
    Josie

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Josie – thanks so much for pointing out this discrepancy. As you can tell I posted this in the middle of the night and some of the copy editing in between versions obviously got messed up. I have fixed the errors. Best Wishes!

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Josie – thanks so much for pointing out this discrepancy. As you can tell I posted this in the middle of the night and some of the copy editing in between versions obviously got messed up. I have fixed the errors. Best Wishes!

  • http://www.steamykitchen.com/blog Steamy Kitchen

    2 of my fav flavors!

  • http://www.steamykitchen.com/blog Steamy Kitchen

    2 of my fav flavors!

  • http://www.epicureforum.com Topchef

    If you have the time beforehand, you can make “toddy” coffee in your refrigerator for the coffee portion. It can’t exactly be called espresso without any actual espresso, but toddy’s going to get you a bit closer. To make toddy, measure out a 4 to 1 water to coffee ratio (coarse ground if possible, but automatic-drip ground will work if it’s all you have) and mix them together in a pitcher, then place in the refrigerator from 3 to 12 hours. I recommend 8 hours. The cold brew method will give you an extremely strong coffee flavor, but with an 85% reduction in acids, as they are not as soluble in cold water as they are in hot. This makes for a much less bitter brew. Once it is finished, strain the grounds into a coffee filter, and use immediately. This also gives you a great base for iced coffee drinks.

    Enjoy!

    Topchef at www.epicureforum.com
    Your Mise En Place for restaurants, recipes, and everything food

  • http://www.epicureforum.com Topchef

    If you have the time beforehand, you can make “toddy” coffee in your refrigerator for the coffee portion. It can’t exactly be called espresso without any actual espresso, but toddy’s going to get you a bit closer. To make toddy, measure out a 4 to 1 water to coffee ratio (coarse ground if possible, but automatic-drip ground will work if it’s all you have) and mix them together in a pitcher, then place in the refrigerator from 3 to 12 hours. I recommend 8 hours. The cold brew method will give you an extremely strong coffee flavor, but with an 85% reduction in acids, as they are not as soluble in cold water as they are in hot. This makes for a much less bitter brew. Once it is finished, strain the grounds into a coffee filter, and use immediately. This also gives you a great base for iced coffee drinks.

    Enjoy!

    Topchef at www.epicureforum.com
    Your Mise En Place for restaurants, recipes, and everything food

  • http://www.gojavago.com Christine

    OMG I have gained 10 lbs just looking at this delicious cake! Can’t wait to make it!

  • http://www.gojavago.com Christine

    OMG I have gained 10 lbs just looking at this delicious cake! Can’t wait to make it!

  • Sebastian

    making this tomorrow morning

    but im cooking using ghee cuz im out of oil….

  • Sebastian

    making this tomorrow morning

    but im cooking using ghee cuz im out of oil….

  • Anelle

    What a wonderful surprise, the cake is easy to make, moist and delicious and goes really well with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream and glaced cherries soaked in whiskey.
    Thank you.

  • Anelle

    What a wonderful surprise, the cake is easy to make, moist and delicious and goes really well with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream and glaced cherries soaked in whiskey.
    Thank you.

  • Fran

    i made this for a party today. it is good but i could not taste the espresso (despite a cup measure of it!), it was a really delicious rich chocolate cake though, good with cream. Thanks for sharing!

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      Espresso usually enhances the flavour of chocolate without becoming too noticeably pronounced itself. Some people can discern where the extra depth comes from, but often it stays quietly in the background :) Glad you liked it!

  • Fran

    i made this for a party today. it is good but i could not taste the espresso (despite a cup measure of it!), it was a really delicious rich chocolate cake though, good with cream. Thanks for sharing!

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      Espresso usually enhances the flavour of chocolate without becoming too noticeably pronounced itself. Some people can discern where the extra depth comes from, but often it stays quietly in the background :) Glad you liked it!

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  • AnnaLee

    Made this last night. YUMMY I love your blog :)

  • AnnaLee

    Made this last night. YUMMY I love your blog :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=506704237 Laura 'Snow' Hunter

    Thank you for amazing recipe. I have been hunting around the for perfect recipe to go with my Irish Cream mouse frosting. And this turned out amazing.

  • Jeannelle Fatta

    Is that the right pic for espresso cake !! Hee hee

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