Chocolate coffee sour cream cake

This is a delicious 1 pan chocolate cake recipe.

What you will need

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1 cup steaming coffee
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 1/2 cup white sugar
1 1/4 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp espresso powder  — if you would like to make your own espresso powder check out this blog entry for instructions.
3 cups flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. baking soda
1 cup sour cream
1 11″ round cake

Frosting

Use the frosting of your choice — I made a chocolate frosting
1/2 cup butter
2/3 cup cocoa – dark if you have it
1/3 cup milk
3 cups confectioners sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract.


Directions

Step 1) Pre-heat the oven to 350ºF. Grease and flour your baking pan and set it to the side.

 Step 2) Combine the cocoa with the coffee and espresso powder. Stir until smooth and set aside to cool.

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Step 3) Combine the sugar with the oil and mix until smooth, then add the eggs one at a time, mixing as you go until the combination is smooth.

Step 4) Sift the dry ingredients together separately. Then alternately add the sour cream and dry mixture into the mixing bowl with the egg-sugar mixture. Continue mixing until smooth.

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Step 5) Add in the now cooled cocoa and coffee mixture and the vanilla extract. Mix again until smooth.

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 Step 6) pour the smooth mixture into the baking pan and bake at 350ºF. for 35 minutes. Test with a toothpick to see if the cake is done. If not, continue baking at 5-minute increments until the toothpick comes out of the center of the cake dry.

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Step 7) Let the cake cool and ice it with your favorite frosting. Pair the frosted cake with your favorite coffee and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Substituting coffee for water in a chocolate cake recipe is a great way to intensify the chocolate flavor. Adding a teaspoon of espresso powder will bring your recipe to the next level!

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