Happy Friday! I have two fabulous things for you today, and both include coffee! First, I have a deep, dark and delicious chocolate cake, with a hint of coffee. If you are a chocolate lover, this cake is for you.
Dark, rich, not overly sweet, moist, it’s got it all going on. It has a hint of coffee, enough to really compliment the chocolate, but if you aren’t a big coffee fan, don’t worry, it’s not overpowering, I promise. And because this cake was going to be a special delivery to a special birthday girl, I needed to make a few cupcakes to keep around, for, um, “research purposes”.
But this awesome recipe isn’t all I have for you today. To help you whip up this recipe, I have teamed up with Staples to give you your very own Keurig Coffee Maker, to make your coffee making so easy that you have no excuse not to make this cake.
We LOVE Keurig Coffee Makers in this house. I bought our first one three years ago, as a Father’s Day gift, when our youngest was a few months old. Let me tell you, if you are ever looking for a great Mother’s Day gift, Father’s Day gift or gift for new parents, a Keurig is pretty much absolutely perfect. Seriously, is there a better gift for someone who is sleep deprived, too tired to measure anything and needs caffeine in a really bad way? I think not! It also makes a great gift for teachers. I know quite a few who have them in their classrooms. This Keurig Mini Plus would make a great end of the year gift for teachers, at under $100, it would be a great way to spend that money that is pooled together from all of the parents.
The Keurig K10 Mini Plus Single-Cup Coffee Brewer allows you to select between three brew sizes, 6oz, 8oz and 10oz. It brews one 8oz cup in approximately two minutes. I can’t get over the incredible variety that is available in K-Cups these days. A quick browse on the Staples site and you can get everything from Green Mountain English Toffee Coffee to Starbucks Breakfast Blend to Bigelow Green Tea to Snapple Peach Iced Tea to Green Mountain Naturals Lemonade! They have almost 60 varieties in addition to those!
I seriously love Keurigs for the ease of use. I’m not the best at making coffee and even suffer from flashbacks of struggling and stressing about how to make coffee as a teenager. I came home a bit late for curfew one night and my creative father told me I better have a fresh cup of coffee ready for him when the sun came up. Let me tell you I stayed up half the night trying to figure out how the heck to make coffee (back before fancy things like the internet or even home computers – yes, the dark ages!). My coffee making stress continued during my college years when I worked as a receptionist. Nothing like being 19 and having to make coffee for important meetings, in big fancy board rooms, with all the partners and opposing counsel at the law firm you work at. I truly think I have coffee trauma from those years. And thus I love the Keurig! Plus how great is it to be able to offer a variety of coffee (and hot chocolate and tea) choices when you have people over? Brilliant really!
Keep reading to find out how to enter to win your own Keurig K10 Mini Plus Sing-Cup Coffee Brewer and pack of K-Cups from the folks at Staples! And while you are over on Staples.com, don’t miss all the awesome Martha Stewart Home Office Products. Pretty and organized – love it!
And let’s not forget that you can whip up the perfect cup of coffee to use in this incredible cake…
This cake is hardcore when it comes to chocolate. But it’s also incredibly easy to make. We are talking as simple as a cake mix (seriously, it is). I honestly don’t make many cakes from scratch. Cake mixes are great and so easy to doctor, that I usually go that route. But this is a variation on one of my all time favorite, easy to make, homemade chocolate cake recipes from Hershey’s. I’ve made it before, without the coffee, and you can see that post and my how to photos here.
The one thing I always warn people about with this recipe is that the batter is super thin – as in you may think you messed it up it’s so runny, type of thin. But have faith. It bakes into this wonderful moist cake, even though it goes into the oven seeming almost like a pan of chocolate water. And remember, it can also be made into cupcakes (though they are a bit messy to make given how runny the batter is, but they are so worth it).
While I love a fancy cake, for some reason a dark chocolate cake like this, to me, just needs to be kept simple, no piping, nothing fancy, just here I am in all of my chocolate glory. Like it’s telling you I’m a serious cake, I’m more than just good looks. I usually top this recipe with just sprinkles or as I did with this, some bittersweet chocolate shavings (made with a bar of bittersweet chocolate and the same peeler I use for my carrots!).
Ready for the recipe? Here you go!
Now I did promise you a Keurig giveaway from Staples! To enter, use the Rafflecopter Widget below (remember, it can be slow to load, so give it a minute if you don’t see it). Open to US Residents ages 18 and older. No purchase necessary and a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. This is a sweepstakes, with the winner being selected at random. Chances of winning depend on number of entries received. Void where prohibited. Here is the Rafflecopter Widget to enter, good luck!
Disclaimer: The prize in this post is being provided by Staples. I was provided with a similar product in order to review it and share my review with you. All opinions expressed however are mine and mine alone, this post was not reviewed by a third party prior to posting.