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Chocolatey Chocolate Espresso Cake

So excited to share this recipe from Simple Cake by Odette Williams. Rich, light, airy and perfectly chocolatey it comes together in a pinch.
4.75 from 8 reviews
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Course: Dessert


  • 1 ¾ cups 225g all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup 45g unsweetened Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 ½ cups 300g granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs at room temperature
  • 1 cup 240ml whole milk
  • ½ cup 120ml grapeseed oil or any mild- flavored oil (I like Sunflower Seed Oil)
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup 120ml boiling water
  • 1/2 cup 120 ml fresh-brewed espresso (you could also use strong coffee)
  • Powdered sugar to sift over the top


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 13X9 baking dish with butter, line the bottom and sides of the pan with parchment paper, and grease the paper. (I’ll let you just grease, line the bottom of the pan, and lightly flour the sides if you’re feeling lazy.)
  • Place a large sifter or a sieve in a large mixing bowl. Add the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and sift. Add the sugar and whisk until combined.
  • In another large bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla together.
  • Gradually add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and whisk until there are no lumps and the batter is smooth.
  • Carefully pour in the boiling water and espresso and stir until combined. (Watch the little ones with the hot water!)
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  • Bake in the center of the oven for approximately 30 minutes or until a wooden skewer inserted in the center comes out clean, and the cake bounces back when lightly pressed.
  • Sift powdered sugar over the top and you're done! Be sure to tag @odettewilliams @displacedhousewife #simplecakebook so we can see your gorgeous cakes!
Thanks for baking with me! Please tag me on social @displacedhousewife #displacedhousewife so I can see your beautiful treats! xo