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November 4, 2008

Election Night Cake
Posted by Jim Macdonald at 04:31 PM * 23 comments

Black coffee and bourbon. Oh, yeah. And chocolate.

This is an old family recipe from Texas.

Election Night Cake
  • 5 ounces (5 1-ounce squares) unsweetened chocolate
  • 2 Cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup powdered instant coffee or instant espresso
  • 2 Tbsp boiling water
  • 1 cup plus 2 Tbsp cold water
  • ½ cup bourbon
  • 1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 large eggs plus 1 large extra yolk
  • ¼ cup sour cream or buttermilk
  • cocoa or confectioners sugar optional

Generously grease a nine inch Bundt pan—10 cup capacity. Position rack in center of oven ans heat oven to 325° F.

Melt chocolate in the top pan of a double boiler over hot, not boiling, water. (Or melt the chocolate in your microwave.) Remove chocolate before it is completely melted and stir until smooth. Set aside.

Sift together the flour, salt and baking soda and set aside. In a two cup glass measure dissolve the instant coffee in the boiling water, stir in the cold water, and bourbon or other flavoring and set aside.

Beat the butter with vanilla and sugar in the large bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle beater until well blended and smooth. (Or use a hand-held electric mixer if that’s what you’ve got.) Beat in the eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Beat in the extra yolk and sour cream. Scrape down the bowl and beater. Add the melted and slightly cooled chocolate and beat until the batter is smooth

Remove the bowl from the stand. By hand using a spoon or rubber spatula stir in small amounts of the flour mixture and the coffee-bourbon liquid. Beat until the batter is smooth; it will be quite thin. Don’t worry if the batter looks slightly curdled.

Pour into the prepared pan. Bake until the cake top is springy to the touch and slightly cracked looking and a cake tester inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean—about 65 to 70 minutes. Do not over-cook.

Cool the cake on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Top with another rack or plate and invert. Lift off pan. Cool completely.

Top with light sifting of confectioners sugar or cocoa. Serve with bourbon laced slightly sweetened whipped cream or vanilla ice cream while sitting up with friends watching the late returns.


Serve it to compliment your Schadenfreude Pie.

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Comments on Election Night Cake:
#1 ::: Alex Cohen ::: (view all by) ::: November 04, 2008, 04:47 PM:

Hmm, this is the way I'd do it:

Generously grease a nine inch Bundt pan—10 cup capacity. Position rack in center of oven ans heat oven to 325° F.

Hit reload on pollster.com

Melt chocolate in the top pan of a double boiler over hot, not boiling, water. (Or melt the chocolate in your microwave.) Remove chocolate before it is completely melted and stir until smooth. Set aside.

Hit reload on fivethirtyeight.com

(Repeat as necessary, or as as required by obsessive-compulsive disorder.)

#2 ::: Xopher ::: (view all by) ::: November 04, 2008, 05:03 PM:

My compliments on the recipe, James, and I'm certain it will complement the Schadenfreude Pie very nicely.

#3 ::: Michael Roberts ::: (view all by) ::: November 04, 2008, 05:18 PM:

Har! Xopher, you scamp!

Election Night Cake says, "Oh, Schadenfreude Pie, you look great tonight!"

#4 ::: TomB ::: (view all by) ::: November 04, 2008, 06:04 PM:

Looks very tasty.

Could I just make 1.25 cups of strong coffee and let it cool, instead of the water + instant?

#5 ::: Adam Lipkin ::: (view all by) ::: November 04, 2008, 06:08 PM:

Eating Election Night Cake and Schadenfreude Pie on the same night immediately escalates health care to the most important issue in the election.

Alas, the sour cream in the house is reserved for the stroganoff I've got in the slow cooker right now, so I'll have to try this one on a different night. Sounds wonderful, though.

#6 ::: Erik Nelson ::: (view all by) ::: November 04, 2008, 06:17 PM:

#1:

That's why I call my computer King Alfred.

#7 ::: Singing Wren ::: (view all by) ::: November 04, 2008, 07:24 PM:

Is there a substitution for those among us who weren't paying attention and bought self-rising flour instead of all-purpose flour on the last trip to the grocery store?

It works fine when I'm making beer bread, and the crepes turned out OK, but I'm not sure what adjustments to make for things like cakes and cookies.

#8 ::: Ted Major ::: (view all by) ::: November 04, 2008, 07:29 PM:

If I were making this w/ self-rising flour, I'd just leave out the baking soda.

ymmv.

#9 ::: Audrey ::: (view all by) ::: November 04, 2008, 08:01 PM:

I'm baking election cupcakes. Chocolate blueberry (the basic butter cake from the King Arthur Anniversary Cookbook, plus 4 oz. melted chocolate and about half a cup dried blueberries) with frosting TBD (vanilla bourbon creme fraiche?). It just seemed like the right year for some kind of election cake.

#10 ::: Diatryma ::: (view all by) ::: November 04, 2008, 08:58 PM:

I am so glad I'm not the only one baking. Mine is for ignoring the election, though; every bit of unpleasant news sends me straight back to we're gonna lose we're gonna lose we're gonna lose.

So I did what work I could at work, left early, cleaned up the garden, finished a book, took a nap, and the embarked upon American-as apple pie. Which somehow required me to make cornbread and blueberry muffins first. If I am not careful, the remaining two apples might turn into something baked and yummy.

No matter how any election goes, no matter what passes and fails and stays and defeats the incumbent and causes outrage on any side, I am having pie for breakfast tomorrow.

#11 ::: Diatryma ::: (view all by) ::: November 04, 2008, 09:15 PM:

I am so glad I'm not the only one baking. Mine is for ignoring the election, though; every bit of unpleasant news sends me straight back to we're gonna lose we're gonna lose we're gonna lose.

So I did what work I could at work, left early, cleaned up the garden, finished a book, took a nap, and the embarked upon American-as apple pie. Which somehow required me to make cornbread and blueberry muffins first. If I am not careful, the remaining two apples might turn into something baked and yummy.

No matter how any election goes, no matter what passes and fails and stays and defeats the incumbent and causes outrage on any side, I am having pie for breakfast tomorrow.

#12 ::: TomB ::: (view all by) ::: November 04, 2008, 10:08 PM:

I came home to find out it's going to be election night apple pie at our place. I can live with that. Especially once it comes out of the oven.

#13 ::: Megan Messinger ::: (view all by) ::: November 04, 2008, 10:27 PM:

I'm glad other people are baking, too. I use yogurt in place of the sour cream and it works out fine -- also, I love baking with coffee. Yum. I actually don't have any in the apartment tonight and that mini-cupcake pan is giving me bedroom eyes, so it might be gingerbread pecan muffins instead...which would probably still be better with coffee.... Mmm, coffee.

Ahem. Whee, rum. We'll see how this baking project turns out!

#14 ::: Erik Nelson ::: (view all by) ::: November 04, 2008, 11:38 PM:

Schadenfreude inappropriate here. What the winner wins is responsibility. Including responsibility TO the loser. Gloating wrong under those circumstances.

(p.s. "internal server error" message the first time I tried to post this)

#15 ::: Torrilin ::: (view all by) ::: November 05, 2008, 08:32 AM:

Curses! I do not have a Bundt pan. (or any other kind of cake pan really...)

There will be a batch of celebratory brownies later today tho.

#16 ::: Erik Nelson ::: (view all by) ::: November 05, 2008, 06:11 PM:

Election night cake:

In a close election, use plenty of margarine for error.

#17 ::: Ginger ::: (view all by) ::: November 05, 2008, 08:00 PM:

Erik@16: Oh, I think the election was larded with errors -- it happens every time a politician tries to butter up the populace.

#18 ::: Serge ::: (view all by) ::: November 05, 2008, 10:53 PM:

Icing the National Anthem.

#19 ::: Stefan Jones ::: (view all by) ::: November 06, 2008, 01:32 AM:

#18: D'ough!

How about shortening up this thread? We don't knead foodies loafing about.

#20 ::: Serge ::: (view all by) ::: November 06, 2008, 07:53 AM:

Stefan Jones @ 19... How about shortening up this thread?

"Do you yield the flour to your honorable opponent?"
"No, Mister Speaker, I donut. He'll have to batter me first!"

#21 ::: Michael I ::: (view all by) ::: November 06, 2008, 10:54 AM:

Serge@20

Presumably getting a frosty stare in response...

Of course, there are many layers to that particular dispute...

#22 ::: Stefan Jones ::: (view all by) ::: November 06, 2008, 01:21 PM:

It's the yeast I could do.

#23 ::: Erik Nelson ::: (view all by) ::: July 19, 2011, 07:05 PM:

... and the losing candidate is battered, but unbowed.

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