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Most people will tell you that they can’t sleep at night because their teenage daughter racked up a $300-cell phone bill with 9,634 texts. But, me? I’m a whole different critter.
This cake kept me up last night!
For the cake:
Preheat oven to 350 F.
In a large bowl blend together the wet ingredients (eggs through milk). Add instant coffee granules, then cake mix and mix until just incorporated. Pour batter into a greased bundt pan and bake for about 25-30 minutes, until your kitchen smells like hot chocolate.
Take cake out of oven, do a toothpick-test to make sure it comes out clean (assuming it does, you are done; if not, put it back into the oven for a couple more minutes) and let it cool in the cake pan for about 10 minutes. Then, turn it onto a rack and allow it to cool completely.
For the icing:
The icing is a snap. In a small bowl or cup dissolve the instant coffee in a bit of hot water. Put the powdered sugar in a medium sized bowl, add the coffee mixture and stir to combine. Drizzle icing over the cake, allowing it to glide down the sides.
Put 2 candy canes into a plastic bag, seal the bag and use the bottom of a small metal pot to bash them to bits! Cheap therapy is the bonus.
Eat the third candy cane. You need to keep up your energy.
Sprinkle crushed candy canes on top of the cake and serve!
Based on a recipe for THE BEST Chocolate Cake at kevinandamanda.com.
Nancy is the Coupon Clipping Cook, which means she not only has an astounding number of recipes to share with us (her TK recipe box is busting at the seams!) but she's also got loads of money-saving tips in her blog (she worked at a grocery store for a number of years, so she knows her stuff). She has some pretty amazing creations, like Roasted Garlic Potato Soup and Nutty Coconut Chicken. Go check them out!
Heather is a Texas native and the blogger behind Heather's Dish. She's mom to Weston, wife to Nate, and they live in Little Rock, Arkansas with their two "stubborn and saucy" dogs Bunker and Keira. In her blog, she shares her photographs, random musings (serious and silly alike), and all kinds of scrumptious recipes---and not just evil variations of her favorite mac and cheese. Her enviable TK recipe box is a testament to that. Go see for yourself!