Mocha Brownie Cake
This picture might not be the greatest (clearly I’m no photographer)
but this cake just could be. It might be the easiest thing to make since toasted
cheese, and is by far the best bang for your buck on the flavor vs. effort scale.
Vegetable Cooking Spray
1 (21 0z.) box of chewy fudge brownie mix
1/3 c. water
1/4 c. vegetable oil
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 c. chopped pecans
1 1/2 c. whipping cream
1 T. instant coffee granules
1/4 c. sifted powdered sugar
Coat two 8 in. cake pans with cooking spray; line pans with wax paper, and coat with cooking spray. This recipe is old. Get yourself some cooking spray with flour in it and skip the whole wax paper thing. Combine brownie mix and next 3 ingredients. Believe it or not, some of the best desserts I’ve ever made start with a boxed mix. It feels like cheating, but if it rocks, who cares? Stir in pecans. Just use whatever open bag of nuts you have lying around the cupboard. Spread batter evenly into prepared pans. Bake at 350 for 23-25 min. I love notes like this. 23-25 min? That’s like having the speed limit be 7.5 mph. Check it at 20 min and it should be done.
Let cool in pans on wire racks for 5 min. (the sides will start to pull away from the pan and it will come out easier. Don’t skip this…patience); invert onto wire racks. Carefully remove wax paper (THIS you can skip). Let cake layers cool completely (like, 20-30 min.) on wire racks.
Combine whipping cream and coffee granules, stirring well. If you like a strong coffee flavor, use more. I made this last night and used well over 3 T. of instant coffee. It all depends on whether you’re a wuss or a real coffee drinker. JK. Beat at medium speed of an electric mixer until foamy; gradually add powdered sugar; beating until stiff peaks form. Make sure you use a deep sided bowl or you’ll have little droplets of coffee flavored cream all over the kitchen, which is not awesome.
Spread whipped cream mixture between layers and on top and sides of cake. Cover and chill 1-2 hours. Do this before dinner if you have time, or even the night before so it has tons of time to set up. Garnish, if desired (DUH), with chocolate shavings. Find any kind of chocolate lying around the kitchen and chop it up. Sprinkle it on top. I like semi-sweet, but even if you only have milk chocolate kisses left over from Halloween, it’s fine. Princess Problem. Any chocolate is good chocolate.
Split a pint of Guinness with someone while you eat this rich, chocolate, coffee flavored indulgence. Trust me when I tell you: it is excellent together.
Recipe by Southern Living, italicized comments by The Fool.
Easy Weeknight Favorites, 1998, page. 210.