Coffee In Chocolate Cake Recipe--Substitution?

Baking By adams2shop Updated 28 Oct 2006 , 2:18am by mkolmar

adams2shop Posted 27 Oct 2006 , 3:15pm
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I wanted to try the WBH recipe for chocolate cake, but it calls for coffee and, since I don't drink it, I don't have any in the house. Is there something I could substitute for the coffee? Also, I don't like the taste of coffee in things. Would the coffee taste come though if I did use the coffee?

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Loucinda Posted 27 Oct 2006 , 3:21pm
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The coffee is not noticable - I usually add coffee to a chocolate cake, to me it enhances the chocolate flavor. As far as substitutions, you could just use water if you wanted ~ I am sure that it would work fine.

solidezca Posted 27 Oct 2006 , 3:22pm
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what is WHB? I am not sure what you can substitute the coffe for... but there is a cake recipe in one of Collete Peters' books called burbon chocolate cake that calls for 1 3/4 cups of coffe and let me tell you, no one ever know there is coffee in it. You can't taste it at all! it is delicious and everyone loves it. I would try decaff if I was you.

ChrisJ Posted 27 Oct 2006 , 3:23pm
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I made a chocolate cake and substituted strong coffee in place of the water. The coffee taste was there but not overpowering IMO, but you can taste it (yummy, I love coffee).

So if you don't want the coffee taste, just use water.

HollyPJ Posted 27 Oct 2006 , 3:23pm
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I've just used hot water in place of the coffee in chocolate cake recipes. Once I mixed unsweetened cocoa powder in with the water. I'm not sure what good that did since there was already cocoa in the cake!

Water will work just fine.

adams2shop Posted 27 Oct 2006 , 3:24pm
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Thanks for your replies. I think I might just go and buy some coffee to use for it then.
WBH - is the Whimsical Bakehouse book. I borrowed it from the library and it has lots of recipes that I'm excited to try...

KHalstead Posted 27 Oct 2006 , 3:27pm
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hey adams2shop......instead of buying coffee grounds that you'll never use.....stop at your closest convenient store and just get a small cup of coffee!

cryssi Posted 27 Oct 2006 , 11:45pm
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I made a deep dark chocolate cake and couldn't taste the coffee in the mocha filling on the other hand...LOL

I think KHalstead's suggestion is a fantastic one! Or, you can get a small container of instant coffee to use just for baking...

mkolmar Posted 28 Oct 2006 , 2:18am
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I love putting coffee in choc. cake, you can't taste the coffee but it brings out a strong chocolate flavor for some reason.

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