Hot Chocolate Cake

So much of our inspiration for cooking these recipes has come from the fact that we were writing our MA papers. Cooking was a natural and fun way for us to de-stress while keeping up our strength. It also means we gained at least 20 lbs while doing so, and now we are trying to loose those thesis pounds.

This recipe was found from the Tasting Table and was followed to the "T" however the hot chocolate mix, was also mixed with a tsp of Chili to spice it up. Also we used dark dutch process cocoa because we like a darker taste.

On and important note you can not eat this cake cold it must be warm to hot otherwise there is no point.

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup dark Dutch-process cocoa powder, plus more for dusting
1/4 cup spicy hot-chocolate mix
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp kosher salt
1 cup butter milk (if you don't have it then just use one tbl white vinegar and one cup of milk. Let stand for 10 min before adding)
2 eggs
1 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup extra- virgin olive oil
1 cup coffee, at room temperature
2 cups whipped cream (optional)

1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
2. In a medium bowl whisk together all dry ingredients.
3. In a large bowl whisk together all liquid ingredients.
4. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet, a little at a time whisking between each addition
5. Take a 13x 9 inch pan and pour the batter in and spread evenly. Place in the oven for 35-40 min or until a knife or toothpick comes out clean.
6. Remove and top with whipped cream or caramel or whatever your favorite topping is.

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