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This cake is the cake everyone asks for, whether it's for a birthday, an anniversary, valentines, or just a Monday! Coffee brings out the richness of the chocolate, and makes for an ultra-moist cake!

In the attached photo, we had a Wizard of Oz themed birthday for my daughter when she was 8: this is the birthday cake I made for her.


  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup regular cocoa (not dutched cocoa)
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk **
  • 1 cup strong black coffee
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • **If you do not have buttermilk, fear not! You can still make this cake if you sour milk: Use 1 tablespoon white vinegar plus milk to equal 1 cup.


  • Heat oven to 350°F.
  • Grease and flour 13x9x2-inch baking pan.
  • Stir together sugars, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt in large bowl.
  • Add eggs, buttermilk, coffee, oil and vanilla;
  • beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes (batter will be thin).
  • Pour batter evenly into prepared pans.
  • Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks.
  • Cool completely.
  • Frost as desired.

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