Chocolate and coffee in one sweet treat — why yes, I think I’ll have some! This coffee iced chocolate nut cake combines my favorite ingredients in one moist cake that is great with coffee or as a breakfast treat.
I’m a sucker for old books–and especially for old cookbooks. Finding hand-written recipes tucked in with the printed ones is a treat, and it’s how I’ve found some of my favorite recipes–including today’s recipe for coffee iced chocolate nut cake. I found it pinned in a 1938 copy of Better Homes and Gardens, meticulously written in gorgeous cursive and was instantly intrigued because it included three of my absolute favorite things: chocolate, nuts, and coffee.
Jennifer here again. The first time I made this recipe I spent most of the time thinking “Chocolate nut cake? This looks like soup!” I should have trusted my elders, as it turned out just fine. Further experimentation with chocolate quantities and types of nuts yielded additional tasty results, but I’ve always gone back to the original recipe I found tucked away in a dusty old cookbook.
The chocolate of the cake is subtle, which makes it perfect for an afternoon snack; the pecans offer a nice crunch with the moist cake. I generally make this as a bundt cake with coffee icing drizzled over the top–it’s easier to share with friends that way–but I think it would make an absolutely delicious layer cake, too.
A few notes on making this: I follow the recipe I found pretty strictly, but the more experienced of you will no doubt have shortcuts and tricks that serve you better. Because the recipe calls for mixing so many of the dry ingredients together before adding the wet, it’s critical to scrape down the bowl thoroughly and often.
And yes, when you finish adding everything together, the batter really does look soupy but of course it all comes together just fine in the oven. The coffee icing recipe creates more of a frosting, which is why I tend to thin it a bit with milk to make it easier to drizzle.
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