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Black Magic Cake.....step by step.

Hershey's Black Magic one of my favorite cake.

I love it for its deep dark rich cocoa colour with a tinge of coffee flavor.....and so the name suits the cake.

The first time I baked them I didn't like it.....the recipe had asked for hot black coffee to be mixed with the flour....and I don't know why ...but the cake was a disaster.....and the recipe forgotten. Recently while I was browsing my recipe file I came across this and  thought why not try this again, but this time I used cooled black coffee and the cake came out.....YUM! be precise one of the best chocolate cake I have ever made.

After that I made this for my mother-in-law's birthday with choco-coffee icing and boy! that rocked the whole house!!

A piece of black magic cake which I baked for my MIL.

Then again .... chocolate magic loaf for my kids.

The cake is moist and dense with a tinge of coffee flavor.
You can top it with ice-creams, butter icing, or plain chocolate satin icing......

Lets get baking...

The recipe comes from Hershey's with some changes that I have made.

All purpose flour: 2 cups.
Cocoa powder: 3/4 cup.
Sugar: 2 cups.
Salt: 1/2 tsp (omit if using salted butter).
Baking powder: 1 tsp.
Baking soda: 1 1/2 tsp.
Butter: 1 stick, melted.(100 gms)
Eggs: 2.
Buttermilk: 1 cup.(Use 1 tablespoon white vinegar plus milk to equal 1 cup)
Strong black coffee: 1 cup, cooled. (I added 2 tsp of instant coffee powder to 1 cup of warm water).
Vanilla: 1 tsp.

Sieve all the dry ingredients together and keep aside.

Melt butter.

Add sugar and give it small blitz.

Add eggs

Cream it with buttermilk for a minute.

Add the coffee and run the beater.

Now add the dry ingredients to this.

Beat on medium speed for 2 min scraping the sides. The batter will be very thin.

Pour batter evenly into prepared pan and bake at 180 degree C for 30 min or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

This one is frosted with chocolate and coffee butter icing.

And this one with satin chocolate icing.

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  1. Hi Nisa,

    Dont treat this as a simple comment. The cake looks delicious. If I were there, you would have nothing left to taste. :)

    I tried this once, and it came to be well. Not sure from which blog the recipe was. I did not do the icing as you did but it was a start.

    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Hey Abhi, thanks for the awfully sweet comment....

  3. wow, I am in love with this cake,
    yesterday only I baked Nigella's brownie, need to wait for a week to make this. bookmarked...

  4. lovely cake and what a name to it :P you have done magic to it I get it :P

    Cook like Priya

  5. Feel like having few slices, the name itself attracts me a lot.

  6. Truely magical....beautiful texture of the cake

  7. the cake looks soo good... would make an eggless version of this :-)

  8. wow....truly scrumptious recipe...nice presntatin ..
    Tasty Appetite

  9. What a moist and delicious looking cake! I wonder why the hot coffee didn't work but the cold coffee did. Do you think the hot coffee may have killed the leavening agent? Hum. Well, glad you found the solution and gave it another try because it looks SO good! Now all I need is a glass of milk.

  10. Nisa, I made this cake on sunday - the most delicious chocolate cake I've ever made . Everyone loved it . Thank you soooo much for sharing this recipe

    1. Beta Mathew-I am so glad that you enjoyed the cake...keep visiting.

  11. Hi,can u please tell me which brand cocoa powder did u use...thank you.......

    1. Hi Shilpa, thank you for stopping by...I use Cadbury's cocoa powder for all my baking. Hope this helps, have a great day!

  12. Hi Nisa!!!!!!!! thanks a ton for this recipe. I made this cake on this friday for my husband's Birthday and it was an instant hit... I soaked it in sugar syrup and decorated it with chocolate shavings and cherries ....

  13. hello nisa, i would like to know if you pre-heated the oven? and if yes to what degree c?

    1. Loretta-hey, thanks for the visit....yes the oven was preheated at 180 degree C. Hope this helps and happy baking.

  14. This looks delicious! I want to try it. Do you have a recipe for the choc coffee icing?

  15. Mam,
    Can I have the exact ratio of vinegar and milk incase of skipping buttermilk.
    I have another one doubt for cake recipes calling for buttermilk what is the curd:water ratio
    I am a beginner.kindly help me.thanks


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