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Chocolate Cake with Coconut Mocha Topping

What you need: 

1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
7/8 cup Dutch processed cocoa powder OR carob
1/2 cup (cane) sugar
2 tablespoons oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/4 cups chocolate soy milk
Topping:
1/4 cup vegan buttery spread
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 cup shredded (flaked) coconut (dried)
5 tablespoons cold coffee
3 tablespoons cocoa OR carob
1/6 teaspoon vanilla extract

What you do: 

Preheat oven to 400ºFahrenheit. Grease a 9-inch round pan.
Combine dry ingredients.
Stir together vanilla and chocolate soy milk. Add to flour mixture. Mix well.
Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 30-35 minutes. (Or until a wooden pick inserted in the middle comes out clean.)
Topping:[br] Melt the buttery spread. Mix with remaining ingredients. Spread over the cake and bake additional 5 minutes. (Don't let it burn!)
Let cool before serving.

Preparation Time: 
40 minutes
Cooking Time: 
Servings: 
6-8
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SO HOW'D IT GO?

I can't speak for the topping (which I'm sure is great) but I have no idea how this cake was this well-rated. The batter was incredibly dense--it was one big solid ball stuck in my mixer, grainy and relatively dry--but even after adding liquids, the cake came out like a rubber brick. It was probably the worst cake I've ever made, and since I have a reputation among my friends of bringing incredible cakes to parties, it was embarrassing to have brought this.

I'm not sure if, like with the baking powder, other ingredients were left out...but as written, this recipe just does not work. If anyone else has a different experience (so far it seems I'm the only one who has actually made the cake) please please enlighten me.

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this looks amazing! i hope to try it soon because i am in love with chocolate. but if you are wondering what 7/8 cup is if you buy coffee ground up already at the store the scoop you use to scoop the coffee is usually 1/8 of a cup. sometimes it even says on the scoop.

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This looks really interesting and I'd like to make it for this weekend... but... exactly what is 7/8 cup? I don't believe I know that measurement.. is a small amount? Approx 3/4 cup? How do I measure that?

The easiest way to say it, must be 1 cup minus 2 tablespoons.

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This looks really interesting and I'd like to make it for this weekend... but... exactly what is 7/8 cup? I don't believe I know that measurement.. is a small amount? Approx 3/4 cup? How do I measure that?

I think it would be 3/4 cup (or 6/8 cup) plus 2 tablespoons.

1 tablespoon = 1/16 cup
2 tablespoons = 1/8 cup

Someone please correct me if I am wrong.

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This looks really interesting and I'd like to make it for this weekend... but... exactly what is 7/8 cup? I don't believe I know that measurement.. is a small amount? Approx 3/4 cup? How do I measure that?

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I didn't notice any leavening ingredient (i.e., baking powder or baking soda)? Does there need to be something like that?

Oooops, my mistake! You'll need 2 tsp baking powder! (mixed with dry ingredients).

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I didn't notice any leavening ingredient (i.e., baking powder or baking soda)? Does there need to be something like that?

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