Happy December!

My mom used to greet me and my brother every first of the month with a cheerful “Happy (insert month of your choice)!”  I miss that.  Growing up sucks sometimes, right?

So how about a slice of December chocolate espresso cake instead?  This cake is extremely moist, dark, and rich with a dusting of powdered sugar on top–the perfect not-too-heavy-indulgence for a month of feasts and treats.  It’s also full of caffeine, so it’ll keep you awake for all the present wrapping and tree trimming the month brings!

Personally, I’d recommend eating it while wrapped up in a cozy blanket on the couch with a pile of cats.

Oh oh oh and I forgot to announce the three folks who are going to get a handmade item from me sometime this year!  The three posters are Leigh (2), Amanda (3), and Liz (15).  I’m also adding Jessica because she’s the only person who specifically requested to be a part of pay it forward.  Crafty cheer!

Chocolate Espresso Cake

3/4 cup soy milk
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup strong coffee, chilled in the fridge for a day or two to get stronger
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup vegetable/canola oil
1.5 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cocoa powder
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
confectioners sugar for dusting

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Spray oil an 8″ round cake pan and then dust with flour.

In a bowl, whisk the vinegar with the soymilk and let it sit for 10 minutes to curdle.  Then add the coffee, oil, sugar, and vanilla.  Whisk together.  Next, add all dry ingredients and whisk or beat with a handheld mixer for 1-2 minutes or until the batter is smooth.

Pour batter into cake pan, then bake for 25-30 minutes or until an inserted knife into the center comes out clean.

Dust with powdered sugar and eat!

15 Responses to “Happy December!”
  1. Such a beautiful cat! (and yummy looking cake!)

  2. VeggieGirl says:

    Happy December to you too, Jes!!

    Gorgeous cat; scrumptious cake.

  3. allularpunk says:

    thank you for including me! made me feel all squishy inside :)

    that cake, by the way, looks amazing. thanks for the recipe! your kitty looks so cute, too. we call that one component of a ‘cuddle puddle’ at our house. add one or more kitties, and possibly human or two, and you get a full blown cuddle puddle. and since i’m playing catchup, i have to say that your waffles from the previous post are beautiful!

  4. Leigh says:

    Yumm, sounds like the perfect kind of cake to enter into the bake off this weekend. hint hint.

  5. allularpunk says:

    oh and by the way, happy december! (i miss my mom saying stuff like that to me as well.)

  6. jessy says:

    aw, kitty! yay! kitties always make me smile. thanks!

    chocolate espresso cake!?! yes, pleeeeeeeeeeeeease! this sounds soooo super awesome – and something that dan & i would both super love! thanks for the rock’n recipe! and happy december to you, too!

  7. davimack says:

    Dorian does not seem impressed by the cake.

    I, however, definitely would be. :)

  8. BitterSweet says:

    Oh, that definitely sounds good to me, especially with a pile of cats to snuggle with! :)

  9. WOW! I am speechless, and all I can say is I want a piece!! Thanks for the recipe!

    Isn’t everything better wrapped up in a cozy blanket on the couch with a pile of cats? :)

  10. Celine says:

    your baby looks so much like my Willow I had to do a double cake. I mean, double take. I also obviously have (espresso) cake on the mind, for some reason. how odd is that? yeah.

  11. gail says:

    This cake sounds incredible. Since it contains espresso, that technically makes it a breakfast food, right? (please don’t rob me of my excuse to eat cake for breakfast.)

  12. shellyfish says:

    Yummers for cake & Happy December to you! Growing up does kind of suck. But it starts to feel better later, I think.
    Woot for spreading the love! Rock on with the PIF!

  13. Amanda says:

    yum..that looks good. I gotta get that coffee chillin’ so I can do this soon. Cute cat!

  14. Kiersten says:

    Chocolate espresso cake sounds good! Is it supposed to be a flourless cake though, or is that a typo? Just checking in case I decide to make this soon.

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