Project Dessert

Started going Through a 200 page dessert book 1-at-a-time daily until i got to #80 and the recipes were getting horrible so #100-#200 will be desserts i find that look interesting to make...enjoy!


Yield: 9inch 2-layer cake

Time: Prep – 10 minutes, Cook – 30 minutes



2 cups flour

1 1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp ground cinnamon

2 cups sugar

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup cocoa powder (unsweetened)

1/2 cup sour cream

2 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup hot water

  • Preheat oven to 325.
  • Grease two 9-inch round cake pans.
  • With an electric mixer, beat together the sugar, oil, and cocoa in a large mixing bowl until smooth.
  • Beat in the sour cream, then add everything else except for water.
  • Add in water to a make a runny batter.
  • Divide the batter evenly between the prepared cake pans.
  • Bake the layers until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean, about 30 minutes.
  • Let cool before frosting.

Cocoa Mocha Frosting:

1/2 cup margarine

1/4 cup cocoa powder (unsweetened)

1/2 cup freshly brewed dark roast coffee

1 tsp vanilla extract

6 cups confection sugar

  • Melt the margarine in a large saucepan over medium heat.
  • Whisk in the cocoa and continue whisking until you have a smooth paste.
  • Whisk in the coffee and bring to a boil.
  • Remove from the heat and whisk in the vanilla.
  • Whisk in the confection sugar, 1 cup at a time, until you have a smooth frosting.
  • Cool slightly and then frost cake.

Tips: When making the cake batter, before you mix in the water it will be dry and piecy but that’s fine cause the water will make it the right consistency. To make the cake pareve you can use fake sour cream which is available in any grocery store. For the frosting, to use a regular coffee, use about 2 tsp coffee for 1/2 cup hot water. When you add the sugar use an electric mixer as its easier to mix with. This recipe tastes really good and very chocolaty with the cinnamon giving it a twist. It can also be made as cupcakes instead if you would like with a yield of 12 cupcakes.


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