You ever have that moment at about 7:30 p.m. where you think, “Man I would love a huge piece of chocolate cake right now.”? I know most of you ladies can relate. It is just this urge that only chocolate cake can fix. Just the thought of a semi-sweet chocolate cake with chocolate icing and a cold glass of milk makes you feel that all could be right in the world.
This was me the other night. I had to have a slice of chocolate cake or the entire universe was going to fold in on me and suck us all into a black hole. It was dire and necessary to save all of civilisation as we know it. (Dramatic enough?) What did I do? I busted out some chocolate cake mix. I wanted this sucker fast. In fact I wanted it yesterday and if I didn’t get it soon I was going to turn into a mutant fire breathing gremlin. I also had a hunch that hormones may have had something to do with the sudden chocolate urge that had come upon me.
I looked at this box of Betty Crocker Triple Chocolate Fudge Cake mix and like most cake mixes it called for water and vegetable oil. I thought to myself their is something seriously wrong with making a cake with water. I decided to doctor it up a bit. I had no milk, but I had heavy whipping cream. I substituted the water for heavy whipping cream, the vegetable oil for unsalted butter, and toss in 2 tsp of instant coffee. When I beat it all together is was very fluffy, almost mousse like. I divided the batter into 2 round pans and baked it according to the directi0ns.
Then I needed a frosting, but it was late and I did not feel like standing there fighting with butter, sugar and chocolate. I have had a hard time in the past making frosting, so I wanted something easy. I thought of how much I love cream cheese frosting and how easy it is to make. Then I pondered how melted chocolate would blend and taste with a sweetened cream cheese. I melted just over 1/2 cup of chopped semi-sweet chocolate and combined it with 8 oz of cream cheese, 1/4 cup of powdered sugar and 1 tsp of instant coffee. In my personal opinion this was the best chocolate frosting that I had had in a while. It came out to be a perfect spreading consistency and it was had a nice bitter sweetness to it.
I was so eager for a slice of cake that when it came out of the oven I put it in the frig to cool. I didn’t wait long, less then 5 mins later I was leveling the cake, spreading on the icing and cutting myself a slice.
I sat down with my honking piece of chocolate cake, that was still a little warm and a huge cold glass of milk. The cake turned out so light and fluffy that I really couldn’t stab it with my fork, I had to scoop it up. I took a bite and I felt my entire body relax, the angels sang and a smile of joy and relief came across my face. I think my eyes were closed the entire time I ate it. It was like a warm hug from my best friend. I ate ever single piece, every crumb and licked every last bit of icing off my fork and plate.
I did this all for you my friends. Otherwise the universe would have folded over and sucked us all into a black hole and civilisation would have come to an end. Aren’t you glad I made that cake?
Quick Fix Chocolate Cake
1 Box of Betty Crocker Triple Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix
1 Stick unsalted butter, softened
1 1/3 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
2 tsp Instant Coffee
8 oz. Cream Cheese, softened and room temperature
3/4 Cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate, Chopped
1/4 cup Powder Sugar
1 tsp Instant Coffee
1 cup of mini semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)
Pre-heat oven according to box directions. Grease two 9 inch round cake pans.
Combine all cake ingredients together. Divide batter evenly into round cake pans. Bake according to directions or until test knife comes out clean.
While cake is in the baking. Cream, cream cheese and powdered sugar. Melt chocolate on the stove top at a low heat, combine with instant coffee. Remove from heat and let it cool until tepid. Drizzle chocolate into cream cheese mixture and mix until well combined. Taste for sweetness and add more powder sugar if needed. Place in refrigerator until ready to use.
Once your cake is done and cooled, level your cake and ice it. If you like garnish the sides with semi-sweet mini chocolate chips.
Note*: The icing recipe makes just enough icing for the cake. If you like a thicker layer of icing I would recommend doubling the recipe.