I found this cake recipe on a fellow blogger's web site and just had to try it out.....YUMMO! The only changes I made were:
Opted not to use the cinnamon and I used my own frosting recipe. This is now my favorite chocolate cake recipe ever!
Best ever Chocolate Cake
2 1/3 Cups of strong brewed coffee (lukewarm, not hot) -I used Gevalia flavored coffee
3/4 Cup of Vegatable oil
3 large eggs, room temp.
1 tablespoon vanilla (not imitation either)
2 1/3 Cups of granulated sugar
3/4 (or a smidge more) of unsweetened cocoa powder
2 1/2 Cups all-purpose flour
2 teasp baking soda
1 teasp cinnamon (optional)
1 teasp salt
Grease and flour 2 9" round cake pans.
Heat oven to 325 degrees F.
Place first 6 ingredients on a large mixing bowl and beat on low speed for 1 minute.
Add flour, baking soda and salt then beat for 2 minutes more or until smooth.
Batter will be thin.
Pour batter (divided equally) in the 2 cake pans and bake for 30 - 35 minutes.
White Frosting (Sue Blanda's frosting from the 1960's)
Boil 3 tblsp flour and 1 cup of milk (as pudding) and set aside to cool a bit.
1 cup of Crisco
1 stick of Butter (room temp)
1 cup granulated Sugar
1 teasp. Vanilla
Beat until light & fluffy. Add thickening "pudding" and continue beating.
Makes enough frosting for 2 9" cakes.