Cocoa Coffee Cake will satisfy your chocolate craving and tastes great with, what else, coffee!
Cocoa Coffee Cake
1-1/2 cups strong brewed coffee
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup cooking oil
1/2 cup honey
2 Tbsp vinegar
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs, slightly beaten
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup finely chopped hazelnuts, toasted
1 recipe Coffee-Hazelnut Syrup (below)
1/4 cup chopped hazelnuts, toasted (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and lightly flour a 10-inch fluted tube pan. In a bowl whisk together coffee, sugar, oil, honey, vinegar, and vanilla. Add eggs; whisk until combined. In another bowl combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, soda, salt, and nutmeg. Whisk in coffee mixture until combined. Add the 1 cup hazelnuts; stir to combine. Pour batter into prepared pan.
2. Bake in preheated oven about 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack for 20 minutes. Remove from pan to a serving platter. Brush with some of the Coffee-Hazelnut Syrup. Cool for 30 minutes. Brush again with syrup. Sprinkle with the 1/4 cup hazelnuts. Serve cake warm with remaining syrup. Makes 12 servings. Enjoy!
Coffee-Hazelnut Syrup: In a saucepan combine 1 cup packed light brown sugar, 1 cup powdered sugar, 2 tbsp butter, and 1 cup strong brewed coffee. Bring to boiling, stirring to dissolve sugar. Reduce heat. Boil gently, uncovered, for 25 to 30 minutes or until mixture thickens slightly and is reduced to about 1-1/3 cups. Remove from heat. Stir in 2 tbsp hazelnut-flavored liqueur. Makes about 1-1/2 cups.