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2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 cup oil
1 cup milk
1 1/2 cups hot brewed coffee
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat two 9 or 10-inch pans, or a 9x13-inch pan, with vegetable cooking spray and set aside.

In a large bowl whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa powder, and sugar. Whisk in the eggs and then the oil, milk, hot coffee, and vanilla, until smooth. Batter will be thin.

Divide evenly between pans (they will be full...you could use twice as many pans!) and bake for 25-30 minutes or JUST until a toothpick comes out with large moist crumbs attached. DO NOT over bake, and don't wait till it starts to pull away from the pans. Remove to wire rack and cool completely, place plastic wrap over cake when it's still slightly warm - this will make it even more moist. Run a knife around the edge and invert to release cake. Frost as desired.


2 cups heavy whipping cream
3-4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder - depending on how chocolaty you want it
1/3-1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a medium bowl whip the cream until frothy and slightly thickened. Add in the cocoa powder, sugar, and vanilla. Beat until firm peaks form.

Store cake, covered, in the fridge.