- 2 cups sugar
- 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup baking cocoa
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup strong brewed coffee
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar
- In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients. Add the eggs, coffee, buttermilk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed for 2 minutes (batter will be thin). Pour into a greased and floured 10-in. fluted tube pan.
- Bake at 350° for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Dust with confectioners' sugar. Yield: 12 servings.
Reviews for Contest-Winning Moist Chocolate Cake
"I made this yesterday for New Years and it is a fantastic recipe! It was extremely moist and light, yet had a rich chocolate flavor. I followed the recipe exactly. I poured a ganache over it but this cake can easily stand alone with just a bit of powdered sugar."
"This cake is excellent! It's quick and easy. I did not flour the pan. I used non stick cooking spray. Two days after I made it, it was still really moist. LOVED IT"
"Wow ! A lot of people seem to like this cake. The only reason I gave it 0 stars was because I haven't tried it. I definitely will try it though and try to post a review about it to help other people:) I'm sure it will be amazing !"
"I give it 5 stars because the it was delicious, but it stuck so badly to the pan that it was ruined and I had to make another. I used butter to grease the pan and flour as the recipe suggested. I've never had an issue before; it was very disappointing. But nevertheless my husband loved it and said he would give it 25 stars :)"
"I have been baking for years, and I have made many bunt cakes. I have never had one stick to the pan like this one. I followed the recipe as written, so I don't know what went wrong. I will not be making this again."
"good chocolate cake. very good flavor"
"One of the best chocolate cakes that I have made. Very rich. To make the strong coffee, I put 2 tsp instant coffee in a measuring cup and added water to make one cup. I frosted it with chocolate ganache using the recipe from this site and then since I was serving for Easter, sprinkled on Easter candy quins."
"This is our most favorite chocolate cake ever. Nothing compares to it! Super easy to make & so so moist. I top it with a chocolate ganache & mini chocolate chips. (For the ganache I use 1/2 cup heavy cream, 1 T sugar & 2/3 cup of milk chocolate or bittersweet chips. Heat until melted on stovetop). I substitute 1 cup of water for the coffee as I am not a coffee drinker."
"Holy cow! I have made many chocolate cakes from scratch and this is hands down the best!! I made it gluten free by using the namaste flour mix from costco. Even exchange! . And dairy free by adding cider vinegar to almond milk and waiting for a minute before adding it to the recipe. Then as I don't drink coffee I used a cup of peppermint tea in its place and added peppermint oil (7 drops) to the batter. Then who wants all the sugar so you can only eat one, I added only one cup organic sugar, and one cup stevia...half and half doesn't mess with the texture and flavor of baked goods! Then baked as cupcakes! 15-17 min..it gets more dry if baked too long!!! Wow! Has a similar taste and texture as hostess cupcakes!!!! Wowzier! No need for frosting! Stands on its own!!"
"This recipe is very good - very tasty and moist! If you are not a coffee drinker, it really doesn't matter. You won't be able to taste it. The coffee is just there to enhance the chocolate taste. I substituted buttermilk with 1 tbsp white vinegar added with whole milk to make 1 cup. I lessened the sugar a bit - used 1 3/4 cup instead of 2 cups. In addition to just topping it with powdered sugar, I made a chocolate ganache (bittersweet chocolate, whole milk with cardamom, powdered sugar and butter) then sprinkled chocolate chips on top. The fluted tube pan available to me was a little bit smaller than the one called for in the instructions but the batter did not really overflow during baking. Baking time of 45 minutes was spot on. This is very easy to make, very little effort needed. The finished product looks very presentable and you could easily give these as gifts."