Thursday, April 25, 2013

Food for Giving: Mocha Sheet Cake

The birth of a baby. An unexpected illness. A new neighbor. A death in the family.
Whether it's an occasion to celebrate or one to sympathize, we share food to show we care.
One of my favorite foods for giving is this simple sheet cake.
It's easy to make, easy to transport, and chock-full of mocha flavor, making it a very welcome gift. 
There are few combinations I like better in this world than coffee and chocolate. But the two united in cake form and topped with a latte-like frosting... and it's bliss beyond measure. 
Even better? This cake can be made ahead, and frozen {unfrosted} for up to 3 months. Simply thaw at room temperature and frost when you need it.
{recipe adapted from an old issue of Country Home}
 For the Cake:
1 cup butter
1 cup brewed coffee {decaf is okay}
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup sour cream or plain yogurt
2 eggs
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla
In a large saucepan bring butter, coffee, and cocoa to boil, stirring occasionally with a wire whisk. Remove from heat and stir in flour, sugar, and salt. Beat on medium speed with an electric mixer for 1 minute. Add sour cream, eggs, baking soda, and vanilla and beat on medium speed until well blended, about one minute more. Pour batter into an ungreased 15x10x1 inch baking pan (I use a 9x13 Pyrex, but adjust the time by a few extra minutes). Bake at 375 for 23 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean. Let cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
For the Frosting:
In a large bowl beat 5 tablespoons softened butter with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in a 1-pound bag of powdered sugar a little at a time on low speed until combined. Beat in 3 tablespoons cold brewed coffee, 1 tablespoon milk or cream, and 1 teaspoon vanilla until frosting is fluffy and spreadable. Add 1-2 teaspoons milk, if needed, to attain desired consistency.
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1 comment:

  1. I'm making this...we have a funeral to go to on Saturday and this would be a lovely offering. Thanks so much.



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