Chocolate Coffee Cake (Mrs Harbrow)

We have a bookclub at school called the BookGang.  Part of the deal is that the boys take turns to bring the cake, oh the crumbly mess we make!  Chris bought cake that he and his Mum made and it was downright delicious.  I put the recipe on the school blog a while ago but thought I’d re-post it here for the family folk.  It is all my favorite things, rich, dense and delicious and very easy to make.

Mrs Harbrow’s Large Chocolate Coffee Cake
1 3/4 cup sugar, 2 cups flour, 1 tsp baking powder (or 2 cups of self-raising flour), 3/4 cup cocoa (depending on how rich you want it, sometimes 1/2 a cup is enough), 2 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp salt, 2 eggs, 2 tsp vanilla extract, 1 cup strong coffee (aprox 3 tsp instant coffee in 1 cup water), 1 cup milk, 1/2 cup oil.

Mix everything together in a bowl and blend on medium/high speed for 3 minutes.  Bake in oven at 180 degrees for approximately 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours.  (Best to check after 1 hour and make a judgement call on how much longer)  Ice with chocolate or coffee or chocolate and coffee icing!

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