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.
I did this cake last night for my husband’s boss. He likes chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting. I made them into Texas size muffins. Just easier for them at the office. I made regular cream cheese frosting as that is what he likes. Tried one and they were wonderful!!!! I agree about the water thing and I will use this from now on. Trying it with a Strawberry cake mix we have in the pantry next.
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So creative! I love your intuition when it comes to cooking/baking, you just seem to know what will work. I don’t know how you took the time to level and ice the cake, I would have just taken a spoon and dug right into the pan!
Thanks Christina! I just go with the flow.
I believe that presentation is a big part of the food, so even if it was just or me I wanted it to look pretty. Besides I had to beautify it for its photo shoot. 😀
My mom always looked at cake mix as a kitchen staple and place to start being creative–she turned various mixes into cookies, bars, cakes, and other deserts at the drop of a wooden spoon. Unfortunately she didn’t write down many of her creations, but the few alterations I have are among my most successful baking products. Love this cake, and my family did, too!!!
Naomi G. says
I made it about 2 hours ago and all I can say is “I have died and gone to heaven”. I have never in my life tasted a cake like this one, it literally melts in your mouth. I never knew you could tweak a cake mix recipe. Wow Meseidy this was brilliant!
Isn’t it awesome and so easy to put together? I almost always tweak cake and brownie mixes. I just believe there is something inherently wrong with using water to make a cake. If you look at my recipe index I did some Crumb Chocolate Raspberry Brownies from a brownie mix that are crazy easy and equally delicious.
Naomi G. says
I will check out your brownie recipe, its bound to be delicious. I’ve gotta hand it to you Meseidy you are definitely a chef and you don’t even know it. Make a restaurant, you will succeed!Gracias por todas tus recetas.
You are too sweet. Thank you! Stay tuned because I have mallorcas coming soon. 😀
Yes it’s happened to me more then once.
I’ll definitely use your tips.
Ah, so my hugs are like a slice of chocolate cake? Wow. I think I need a tissue. So, we didn’t break up? LOL. [of course, this is assuming that you’re not talking about your other friend. Notice how this post has nothing to do with the chocolate cake? LOL.]
oh wow. so you didn’t melt the butter, you just softened it? how was the consistency of the batter? the same as if you were to do it normally?
I am definitely intrigued. I think I will have to make some substitutions the next time I use a box mix…
Jen @ MaplenCornbread says
This looks incredible!!!!! WOW!! I love the chocolate cream cheese frosting!
OH my heavens! Delicious comes to mind! This looks perfect for a chocoholic like myself. What’s really funny is that as I’m typing this comment an ad above is flashing at me saying “1 trick of a flat belly”. Hmmmmm. Not making this cake perhaps? Flat bellies are SO over-rated!
Destyni Rivera says
Wow…Yummmm…this is one that I will try. Sounds delicious!! Adding coffee to the cake mix….brilliant, Mese!!!
I’m pretty much drooling right now. And will probably be trying this one out in the near future. Mmmmm…