Thursday, September 12, 2019

Man's Mocha Cake with Coffee (1978)

  • 1/ cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2-1/4 cup sifted cake flour
  • 2 tspns baking powder
  • 1/2 tspn salt
  • 1 cup cold strong coffee
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1 tspn vanilla
  • Mocha icing ( see below)
Cream the butter well. Gradually add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt together 3 times. Add alternately in thirds with the coffee, beginning and ending with the flour. Blend well, but do not overbeat.

Fold in the pecans and vanilla. Turn the batter into 2 greased and floured 8-inch layer cake pans. Spread evenly, then spread the batter slightly up the sides to the center is slightly lower. 

Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the cake shrinks from the sides of the pans.  Cool on racks for 5 minutes, then turn out and cool completely. Fill and frost with Mocha Icing. 

Mocha Icing 
  • 3 tbspns soft butter
  • 1 tspn vanilla
  • 1/8 tspn salt
  • 5 tbspns cocoa
  • 3 cups sifted confectioner's sugar
  • 3 tbspns hot strong coffee
Blend the butter, vanilla, salt, and cocoa. Beat in 1/2 cup of sugar. Add the hot coffee alternately with the remaining sugar, beating well after each addition. Add only enough coffee to make the icing the right consistency to spread.

"What makes this Man's Cake? The flavor of strong coffee, perhaps. The texture is velvety, despite the chopped pecans."

More "Lost" Cake Recipes

Old-Fashioned Upside-Down Apple Cake (1927)
Pumpkin Chocolate-Chip Bundt Cake (1973)

(Origin - "Woman's Day Old-Fashioned Desserts" by Barbara Myers, 1978.)

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