Old Fashion Chocolate Cake

This is not a molten-middle chocolate cake. It's the kind of cake grandma used to make, with devilish good looks and one-of-a-kind flavor.

3 cups all-purpose flour

2 cups sugar

1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder

2 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. table salt

2 cups hot water

3/4 cup vegetable oil

2 Tbsp. distilled white vinegar

1 Tbsp. instant coffee granules

1 Tbsp. vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350 with rack in the center. Spray two 8x2-inch round  cake

pans with nonstick spray.

Whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl.

Combine water, oil, vinegar, instant coffee, and vanilla in a large measuring cup. Add to the dry ingredients and whisk just until combined- a few lumps are OK.

Divide batter between pans, then bake until a toothpick insert in the center comes out clean , 35-40 mines. Cool cakes on a rack for 15 minutes, then invert them onto the rack. Leave cakes upside down (this flattens domed cakes) to cool completely.

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