delicious chocolate cake

So my week started off with bringing birthday treats for my office and everyone seemed to like the lemon layer cake and Trevor's macaroons.  That wasn't the first time I've brought in baking, so it seems that I'm building a bit of a reputation...not that I mind.  Because of my love of baking, I need places to bring it so people can eat it (instead of just Trevor and I at home).  That being said, I accidentally volunteered to bring baking to work again on Friday...

An email went out, asking for volunteers to bring treats to a meeting.  I looked at it and contemplated what I could make, but I decided I might be "baked-out" for this week, so I deleted the email.  Yesterday I ran into my manager and we quickly chatted about the meeting agenda, and she mentioned that no one had volunteered to bring anything...so right away I said "oh, I think I can whip something up". 

Then I had to decide what to make.  I decided I'd make a sheet cake (easier to transport than a layer cake, not to mention less steps).  My mom gave me this recipe a few years ago, and I used to make it quite frequently for Trevor to take to work.  It comes together really quickly, and always comes out nice and moist with good chocolate flavour.  Don't be deterred by the prunes!  Actually, I've found that it's best not to mention the 'baby food' to people as they're eating the cake.  You can't taste prunes at all, and they contribute to the moisture in the cake.  So, all-in-all, this is a quick, easy, delicious cake to make on short notice.  Enjoy! 

Chocolate Cake

  • 1 cup strong coffee, brewed
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 x 4oz. jars of baby food prunes
  • 4 egg whites
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350F.  Prepare the pan (you can use 2- 9" round pans or one 13" x 9" pan) with parchment paper, or by spraying with cooking spray and lightly flouring the inside. 

Combine the coffee, milk, prunes, egg whites and vanilla in the bowl of the standing mixer and beat until well blended.  Stir together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a bowl.  With the mixer running on low, gradually add the dry ingredients into the coffee mixture.  Beat on medium speed until fully combined (about 2 minutes); the batter will be on the thin side.  Pour the batter into the prepared pan.  Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 35-40 minutes (for a 13 x 9" cake), or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes with just a few crumbs.  Cool the cake completely before icing. 

Chocolate Icing

  • 6 tbsp butter, softened
  • 2 2/3 cup icing sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp milk
  • 2 tsp strong coffee, brewed
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Cream the butter, icing sugar and cocoa powder together.  Once the mixture is combined, add in the remaining ingredients and beat until smooth.  Spread the icing onto the cake with a spatula and try to resist licking the beaters!