Coffee Fact Confessions

In honor of Franklin Roosevelt’s birthday, Cofeesnobology baked his chocolate birthday cake.

Unlike Winston Churchill’s visits to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s White House, the FDR Birthday Cake was dry.

Recipe for FDR’s Chocolate Birthday Cake
1-cup butter
1 ½ cup sugar
*3 eggs, well beaten. CS did beat each egg before adding to the batter
*1-cup cold coffee.  CS used Tanzanian Peaberry beans—freshly ground and brewed
2 cups flour
½ cup cocoa
½ tsp. salt
1 tsp. Baking soda.  CS improvised a sifter by using a metal strainer, but did sift ingredients three times.
½ tsp. vanilla
1 Tablespoon vinegar
Cream butter; add sugar, a little at a time.  Beat eggs and add to sugar/butter mixture.  Sift flour with salt, soda and cocoa together (3 times).  Add mixture to batter alternating with cold coffee.  Add vinegar and vanilla.
Bake in 9-inch pan for 25 to 30 minutes at 350.
*So here’s the problem, this CS writer checked the cake after 20 minutes, the center jiggled, the center still jiggled after 25 minutes…so the oven temp. was raised to 355 and left in for five more minutes.  Big mistake.  Another confession—Although a rich chocolate frosting made with espresso powder was recommended, this baker used a ready-made can of chocolate frosting with chocolate chips. The chocolate chips were real though.
Confessions are good for the soul especially when confessed over coffee!


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6 Responses to “Coffee Fact Confessions”

  1. Katharine Lehmkuhl Says:

    Real chocolate chips might not make up for canned frosting, but the writer’s humorous comment on Churchill’s White House visits sure it!

  2. Lynn Says:

    If only Winston Churchill was a guest, CS attempt to bake FDR’s birthday cake would surely be a real celebration.

  3. May Have Missed » Then Heather Said Says:

    […] that may or may not have been written for the likes of, well, me.  The recipe is also found on Coffee Snobology. [Though I used 1/2 margarine and 1/2 applesauce, and only used 1 tsp […]

  4. Lynn Says:

    Hello Heather,
    So glad your FDR cake was a A Big Deal Success. It looks delicious and is fit for, well–a president.

  5. Gunnar Says:

    It looks utterly scrumptious, and thanks for posting the recipe.

  6. Lynn Says:

    Hi, Gunnar. We are happy you read our blog. Coffeesnobology took a long break, which is why we did not respond to you.

    We will soon be blogging about all things coffee.

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