Saturday, July 2, 2011


This recipe is over 100 years old. As far as I can tell, it is from New Mexico where I lived in the 1960s. It has been updated over the years to add modern ingredients ie instant coffee and modern appliances such as the electric mixer.

2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3 tablespoons instant coffee granules
1 2/3 cups water
2/3 cup butter, softened
1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon each of baking powder, baking soda, and vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
powdered sugar

Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease and flour an oblong (9 x 13-inches) baking pan.

In a small pan put the cocoa powder, coffee, and water. Stir with a whisk while bringing just to a boil. Whisk until smooth. Let cool.

Beat the butter, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and vanilla together in a large bowl with mixer on high speed until well blended. Add the eggs and beat until fluffy. On low speed, beat in cocoa mixture, then the flour just until blended. Pour into prepared pan.

Bake 30 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Remove to a wire rack; cool completely.

Dust top with powdered sugar to decorate.

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