The Coffee Cake That Brews Itself

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“This cake is not for the faint of heart. My friends and I created this during an all-night party where we wanted to stay up. It gets stronger in the fridge, so watch out. The grounds add a subtle crunch.”
1hr 20mins

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 (18 1/4 ounce) box chocolate cake
  • 2 cups strong coffee
  • egg, as indicated on the box
  • oil, as indicated on the box
  • 14 cup dry ground coffee
  • 1 tablespoon butter or 1 tablespoon shortening
  • 1 (16 ounce) can sour cream frosting


  1. Preheat the oven.
  2. Grease pan and 'flour' with coffee grounds.
  3. Measure out coffee in the amount of water indicated on the box.
  4. Save the rest of the coffee for later.
  5. Prepare cake as per box instructions but substitute coffee for water.
  6. Bake.
  7. While cake cools, warm frosting and mix with the remaining coffee, but don't make it too runny.
  8. Frost cake.
  9. Refrigerate overnight.

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