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Amazing Solan Family Chocolate Cake (Aka 3-Hole Cake)

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“This is a Swedish cake recipe; I got it from a dear friend who made it at several parties during college and always got rave reviews. Now I'm the one who gets all the credit when I make it : ) My family loves it; I play the "guess-the-secret-ingredient" game (the vinegar) and no one ever has... though they've guessed everything from peanut butter to cheese! I love it because it's relatively "healthy" (no dairy, no eggs, low-fat), while it's still amazingly moist and chocolaty and dense. (You can make it even lower fat if you use only 1/4 C oil and sub. 1/2 C applesauce).”

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 34 cup oil
  • 2 cups cold water
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • Mocha Glaze
  • 12 cup powdered sugar (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons baking cocoa (optional)
  • 12 teaspoon decaf instant coffee (optional)
  • 1 -1 12 tablespoon milk, of choice (works with regular, soy or rice or whatever) (optional)
  • 14 teaspoon almond extract (I usually use almond, but have tried & like coconut, orig. glaze recipe calls for peppermint) (optional)


  1. Instructions for Cake:
  2. Mix dry ingredients together in large bowl.
  3. Mix wet ingredients together in separate bowl.
  4. Add wet to dry a little at a time, stirring as you add.
  5. Pour batter into WELL-GREASED bundt cake pan (well-greased is key--this is a sticky cake; I use Pam with great results), bake at 350 for 35-40 minute.
  6. Serving suggestions: with fresh whipped cream& strawberries, or drizzle with warm caramel or Kahlua, or glaze with mocha glaze (or some combo thereof!).
  7. Instructions for Glaze:
  8. Mix dry ingredients together in bowl.
  9. Dissolve coffee in 1 tablespoon of milk; add extract.
  10. Whisk coffee liquid into dry ingredients; whisk until all blended and if needed, add 1/2 tablespoon more milk.
  11. USE GLAZE IMMEDIATELY OVER CAKE. It will harden quickly.

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