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  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 cup strong black (brewed) coffee
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract1


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 13 x 9-inch baking pan.
  2. Combine first six ingredients (flour through salt) in large mixing bowl. Add buttermilk, eggs, coffee, oil and vanilla. Beat 2 minutes with a mixer at medium speed. Pour into prepared pan.
  3. Bake 35 to 40 minutes, until wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool in pan on wire rack. Frost with your favorite frosting.
Testers’ notes: This plain chocolate cake is very moist. Frost it with sweetened whipped cream and decorate with cake sprinkles if you like. It’s a very easy cake with overtones of coffee.

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