About this recipe:Makes a great centrepiece for a Halloween birthday cake if you cover it with dark chocolate icing and a spider's web.
225g plain flour
400g caster sugar
65g cocoa powder
2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
225ml strong filtered coffee
125ml vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
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Method Prep:15min › Cook:35min › Extra time:10min › Ready in:1hr
Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas mark 4. Grease and flour two 23cm (9 inch) round cake tins.
In large bowl combine flour, sugar, cocoa, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder and salt. Make a well in the centre.
Add eggs, coffee, buttermilk, oil and vanilla. Beat for 2 minutes on medium speed. Batter will be thin. Pour into prepared tins.
Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into centre of cake comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes, then remove from tins and finish cooling on a wire rack. Fill and ice as desired.
Was great. Made this one last night and everything was perfect (save that I didn't grease one of the pans enough and required a major over-haul with emergency icing!). Had to leave it in my electric oven for 40min. - 18 Jan 2010
Altered ingredient amounts.
Used Gluten-Free plain white flour: worked a charm.
Used this icing recipe:
125g butter (softened)
125g castor sugar
100g cream cheese
2tbsp strong espresso
Beat until smooth - 18 Jan 2010