I have a special affinity for “vintage” recipes. Especially those intended to use up pantry staples, rather than rely on expensive things like eggs, butter, and cream. And even though I LOVE cakes, I really don’t like baking them too often because of the work involved. All the dishes–yuck!
This is a classic Southern recipe that came out of the Great Depression. It’s really easy and budget friendly recipe that only uses one bowl. It whips up quickly because you don’t have to melt chocolate, cream butter and sugar, beat eggs, or anything like that. Just dump everything in the mixer bowl, mix till it’s smooth, and bake! It is so rich and dark-chocolatey with the addition of instant coffee. It’s easy and inexpensive enough for any old rainy day, and impressive enough for guests.
I like to make it as cupcakes (2 doz.), but it makes plenty of batter to do a bundt, round layer cake, or 9×13 sheet cake. Adjust baking time until a tester comes out clean.
Top with your favorite frosting and enjoy! I like to use Wildtree’s Chocolate Mousse as a frosting, just pipe it on by using a Ziplock bag with the corner snipped off!