Best Friends Chocolate Cake

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Best Friends Chocolate Cake

My best friend gave me this recipe years ago. It is something we still share often and is a family favorite. It’s a deliciously chocolaty cake that can stand on its own, even without the coffee drizzle or, the recipe can be doubled and made as a layer cake. The cake is vegan and is great for people with dairy or egg allergies – though you’d never know it!


Servings: 1 Cake

1½ cups all-purpose flour
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup sugar
Dash of salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup water
5 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup raisins, flaked coconut, chocolate chips and/or walnuts (any 1 or mixture of any or all totaling ¼ cup, or more to your taste)
Ice cream for serving (optional)

Coffee drizzle topping:
1 teaspoon instant coffee powder
Powdered sugar
2 tablespoons boiling water, about


Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a 9×9-inch baking pan. In a large bowl, combine flour, cocoa, sugar, salt and baking soda; mix well. Add water, oil, vinegar and vanilla; mix well. Stir in raisins, coconut, chocolate chips and/or walnuts. Pour batter into pan. Bake for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool cake briefly, then poke holes in it with a fork or a toothpick. Pour topping over cake. Serve warm or at room temperature with ice cream. Great with coffee and a best friend. For the coffee drizzle topping: Combine coffee powder, powdered sugar and enough boiling water to form a drizzling consistency.