Independence Day No-Fail Cappuccino Cake

Yesterday was spent in the kitchen, so as a result, I'm posting a day late on July 5th. Not only am I posting a cake recipe, but this The Cake Recipe. The cake recipe that I've been refusing to share for four years..until now..
Noted as my parent's favorite mid-day snack cake with a drizzle of powdered sugar/milk/vanilla icing (when half the batch is made into a single layer cake), it also doubles as this double layer dessert when dressed in buttercream or whipped frosting. 

The best part is, you would have to try extremely hard to mess this one up, hence the "no-fail" in the title. I've gone as far as skipping the butter and sugar creaming step to just throwing all the ingredients in a bowl to mix, but that's just laziness at it's best. 

What I'm getting at here is that I've finally decided to make this recipe public, so please, use it wisely and of course, let me know how it turns out!

No-Fail Cappuccino Cake
Yield: two 8" or 9" layers 

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened 
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cappuccino powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare two 8" or 9" cake pans with pan spray and a circle of parchment paper to prevent the cake from sticking.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. 
  3. Add remaining ingredients and mix on medium speed for 1-2 minutes or until fully combined. 
  4. Distribute the batter evenly into cake pans and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick into the center of the cake comes out clean. 
  5. Remove from the oven and let cool completely before releasing from the pans. Then, finish off with your choice of frosting.

After a day in the kitchen, I woke up craving some serious fresh air.
Though I may make fun of it, the desert is a place that I always seem to find myself coming back to. I've grown up with cacti and yucca trees alongside giant mountains of rocks and I can't believe I've waited nearly 20 years to journey up one.
The desert is full of dirt and heat, but man, the sky views are gorgeous. 
 Photo credit: Corina Rivera (my future mother-in-law) 
Thanks for taking me!

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