Ever since seeing It's Complicated, I've been in the mood to make a chocolate frosted cake from scratch. I finally made one a few weeks ago to take to our family reunion (so as not to eat it all myself) and used Ina Garten's fabulous recipe. It calls for coffee in both the cake & frosting, a surprise ingredient that makes it impossible to eat just one piece.
I hesitated about the coffee ingredient because we don't drink coffee and I pictured myself buying one at Starbucks just to put in the cake. Then I realized they make convenient packets (of course) that you can add to water to make coffee in under a minute.
(baker's chocolate & instant coffee packs)
(frosted, slightly lopsided cake)