Mahogany Cake

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Mahogany Cake
From Grandma Adrienne

Ingredients
½ c. butter
2 c. sugar
3 eggs, separated
1 c. strong coffee, hot
½ c. melted Baker’s unsweetened chocolate (4 squares)
1 T. vinegar
1 t. baking soda
2 c. flour
Pinch of salt

Preparation
Cream together butter and sugar until fluffy. Add hot coffee, set aside to cool.
Stir in well beaten egg yolks and chocolate (add a dash of salt).
Dissolve soda in vinegar and add.
Slowly stir in flour.
Finally, gently fold in stiffly beaten egg whites, making sure to incorporate the air.
Grease and flour 2 8” cake pans and pour in batter.
Bake in a slow oven (325°) about 30 – 40 minutes. Test for doneness with a toothpick.

Note: If you want to do three layers, place them all on the same oven rack and cook for about 25 minutes. Test.

This is a (Emily) frosting recipe I created for the cake.

Milk Chocolate Frosting

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 ounces milk chocolate, melted
2 tablespoons sour cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

28 comments:

  1. A cake with a reputation! Can't wait to try this :D thanks for a great post!

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  2. this looks...amazing. I can see what it's his fave cake.

    coffee, sugar, chocolate..count me in!

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  3. I'd share my favorite recipes, but they're all from you!

    Making a peanut butter chocolate chip banana bread tomorrow. :)

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  4. What a beautiful cake. I would like some for breakfast. Isn't chocolate the best thing ever?

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  5. This looks delicious Emily. I love old family recipes.

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  6. Ohhhhhh this cake looks like a chocolate heaven perfect for this season, when days are shorter and colder!

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  7. Looks delicious! I wish I had a slice of this for breakfast!

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  8. Interesting recipe. You add the coffee while still hot. YOu don't see that very often.

    I'd be afraid to try croissants too. Every once in a while I tell myself I will try to make my own puff pastry, but I chicken out.

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  9. Man, that looks incredibly moist and delicious!

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  10. this sounds so good, and the photos are gorgeous! it's 7am here, not too early for chocolate, right?

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  11. So basically the idea is that you always have a cake in the oven or just hanging around ready to be posted about? I need to drop by.

    I love always-yummy recipes like that. It's interesting that there's no buttermilk called for.

    I bet the icing is fantastic, although I probably would swap out the milk chocolate for dark, but I like that you used cocoa too.

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  12. That looks soo yummy. I might have to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. Sometimes simple recipes like this are the best. Plus, any recipe passed down from a grandmother is probably pretty good.

    I haven't attempted croissants yet either. Some day!

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  14. this sounds like something we would inhale. maybe i need to wait to make it for a big party so i'm not left with tons of leftovers.

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  15. Emily... I am so thrilled!! You made my recipe and liked it! The texture of the cake tends toward dense but it still should be very moist. My cake is much taller than what I see in your pictures... I am not sure why. Your icing recipe looks delicious! I am going to try it ASAP. Thank you ever so kindly. My family will be excited to know that their grandmother's special recipe is being shared with the world.

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  16. That is some serious chocolate-y deliciousness. I really wish I had some of that going on on my counter right now.

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  17. Looks so yummy! What did you put on top of the cake?

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  18. Wowza. I need some chocolate cake in my belly. Right. Now.

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  19. This cake looks rich and delicious! I love the little touch of coconut on top...yum!

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  20. oh my that looks so good I love chocolate

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  21. this is a chocolate lover's dream cake! i particularly enjoy the cake-to-gorgeous-frosting ratio. well done!

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  22. Thanks everyone!

    Itchbay, awww!

    Sue, I prefer dark chocolate, too. I had some milk chocolate on hand, so I guess that's why I used it.

    Shannon, I really want to! I wish there was an easier recipe...

    Brandi, that's a good idea. That's what I've been doing lately with my baked goods. Giving them away!

    Vocello, I'm not sure why I didn't get the right height... maybe I folded in the egg whites too much? The cake was very moist! Yum. Thank you so much!

    k, I believe that was some shaved white chocolate...

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  23. OMG such a gorgeous chocolate cake!
    I'd love to have a good slice!

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  24. That is one pretty chocolate cake, and it looks SO rich and moist!!!!

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  25. This recipe is very forgiving and so simple. The butter was too cold so didn't cream very well and I did not have chocolate so I substituted with cocoa powder. Delicious! I will try again with room temp butter and chocolate.

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