Do I have to use the coffee in chocolate cake recipes such as the one on Epicurious? Could I substitute chocolate milk or something in the place of coffee or will this affect my cake?
It will affect it. Coffee brings out the chocolate flavor. You can't taste the coffee.
Ok, so I have never made coffee, since I don't drink it! How many scoops of coffee and how much water do I brew for each cup of coffee that a cake recipe calls for? TIA
Call me crazy, but if I'd never made it I wouldn't want to buy the stuff to do so just for this. After all, you may not even like the recipe.
What would I do? Go buy a cup or two of regular coffee at McDonalds.
Or find a recipe that doesn't call for coffee, there are other chocolate cake on epicurious that don't.
Or maybe...sub out the coffee for a chocolate flavored creamer. I have used a chocolate toffee flavor and it was super yummy
this is my favorite chocolate cake and i guarantee you won't taste the coffee. the coffee just enhances the chocolate. make the coffee as is says on the coffee package. i love this recipe!
You could buy a jar of instant coffee and make a cup that way. I was always hesitant to put coffee in my chocolate cake but once I did I totally agree with the other posts--it makes a difference. You will be hooked!
or get a very small jar of instant and use that.