Quick and Easy: Halloween Bake-tacular!

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To Trick or Treat – that is the question. For TRB, the answer is pretty simple…treat, treat, treat!


So, while in search of the perfect chocolate treat for a low-key get together at a good friend’s new home, TRB stumbled upon some Black Magic – well, a super dark chocolate cake with coffee undertones, that is. And, it looks scrumptious – and spooky!

Black Magic Cake

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup strong brewed coffee
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two 9 inch round cake pans or one 9×13 inch pan.

  • 2. In large bowl combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Make a well in the center.

  • 3. Add eggs, coffee, buttermilk, oil and vanilla. Beat for 2 minutes on medium speed. Batter will be thin. Pour into prepared pans.

  • 4. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes, then remove from pans and finish cooling on a wire rack. Fill and frost as desired.

Now, some of the allrecipes.com readers suggested letting this cake cool thoroughly before attempting to frost – 20 minutes in the freezer was recommended by one reviewer. As for the frosting, TRB is thinking a coffee buttercream or chocolate ganache will work nicely. Those of you more artistic bakers out there might want to try decorating the top of this cake with chocolate spiderwebs, bat cut outs or even a witch’s face.

Happy Halloween!

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