Sunday, February 26, 2012

Last-Minute Chocolate Cake with Mocha Frosting

So you've been craving chocolate cake or company's coming and you need something delicious and fast.  You look in your pantry/  No eggs!  No baking powder!  No salt!  But you still want chocolate cake.  Yikes!  Now what do you do?

You absolutely must try this recipe!  I don't think I've ever had a moister or more delicious chocolate cake that was as easy as this to put together.  Talk about easy peasy-lemon squeezy.  Simple pantry items and you are on your way to  a nice square of chocolate cake heaven.

This makes a smallish 8" x 8" cake, which is a good size for me and Ole Sweetie-Pi.  There's no baking powder in it, so it does not rise to the top of the pan, probably about halfway as you can see.  The big bold chocolate flavor more than makes up for its diminutive size.

Last Minute Chocolate Cake
(From the Red Hat Society Cookbook)

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
3 (rounded) tablespoons cocoa**
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter melted
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup warm water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat your oven to 350*F.  Generously grease and flour an 8" x 8" baking pan and set aside.

In a large bowl sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa and baking soda.  Beat in the melted butter, milk, water, and vanilla. Pour into cake pan. 

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.  Let cool completely and frost.

Mocha Frosting
(From the Red Hat Society Cookbook)
1 1/2 teaspoons instant coffee**
1/2 cup cocoa
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups confectioners' sugar, or more if needed

Mix the coffee, cocoa and water together in a medium bowl to make a paste.  Add the softened butter, vanilla and confectioners' sugar to make a spreadable consistency.  Spread the frosting over the cake.

Can't you almost taste this!

**MY NOTES:  The original cake recipe just simply calls for 3 tablespoons of cocoa.  I thought it didn't sound like enough and "rounded" the measuring.  In in the end I probably added 3 tablespoons with an extra teaspoon of cocoa (rounded measurements are different than heaping, but you know that, right?).

**The mocha frosting recipe called for 1 tablespoon instant coffee.  Gosh, that's a lot. I reduced the measuring to 1 1/2 teaspoons, and there was just enough hint of coffee flavor that greatly enhanced the chocolate flavor without overpowering it.  I would suggest starting with the smaller amount, sampling it, and adding more if you want a more assertive coffee flavor.  It's certainly easier to add than it is to take away.


  1. It's hard to imagine a cake that looks so moist (and yet no eggs) fantastic!!

  2. Whoa that's a moist chocolate cake i ever seen with mocha frosting. I will gulp it like a drink :) It has come out so perfect.

  3. That frosting looks deliciously decadent! I had no idea that I could make something so delicious with such basic ingredients...hello late-night baking! :D

  4. I've made a similar one quite a while ago and it was great. I am going to try this one too. The frosting looks terrific Katy. You can never have too many chocolate cake recipes!

  5. Perfect for my college student who never seem to have any eggs in her fridge!

  6. this is so perfect for last minute guests and cravings! it's so pretty too!

  7. This piece of cake looks yummy Katy! I wish I was your neighbour! The frosting looks perfect as well.

  8. This looks so yummy! The Red Hat Society Cookbook never fails!

  9. I was just thinking last week if you could bake a cake without eggs!!

  10. Can't wait to try this recipe. I'll make these for my mom and my brothers and sister. They will be so happy about this.

  11. This looks so delicious... I have ordered the cookbook...thanks for sharing.. ;o)

  12. the recipe calls for baking soda but then in the directions you say baking powder - which is it? i am literally in the middle of making it, so i'm going to go with powder, since you said that first. i guess we'll soon see! (:

    1. Doggone it, Jody, I apologize for the typing error. It is baking SODA that the recipe calls for. Took me a while to find the cookbook as I had it stored away. I've corrected the recipe. Thanks for bringing this to my attention.


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