Chocolate Cake and Ditching the Plan

You can make a chocolate cake with coffee very easily. Instructions can be found on chaos2peace.

For those that know me on a personal level, you will know that I’m pretty focused, driven, and disciplined.  You will not find me relaxing or deviating from the plan very often.  I function well like this (until I get so tired I can’t take another step…but whatever.)  Each day I have to be intentional about having eyes for things around me and helping where God leads me.  It’s a real struggle.  A real struggle.  I like for the laundry to be done.  I like for the dishwasher to be unloaded as soon as the cycle is over.  I like to have clean floors.  I like for everything to have a place and for everything to be put in said place.  I’m positively giddy when I cross off my last item from my to-do list before I go to bed each night. Giddy.  It’s just who I am.  Please note that I’m not really about perfection.  I just like to get things done.  Well, all of that came to a screeching halt on Thursday afternoon.  I came home from working with a couple of hours to spare before picking up the boys.  I looked over my to-do list and decided I just wanted to deviate from the plan.  I decided to make a Chocolate Cake with coffee.  You see, the day before, my friends and I dined at a restaurant and they were serving samples of dark chocolate cake.  It was divine.  I asked the waitress what made it so good. She got down and whispered, “Coffee, but don’t tell anyone I told you.”  My wheels started turning.  I started thinking about how I could make chocolate cake with coffee and this is what I came up with:


Chocolate Cake with Coffee

1 1/2 c. plain flour

3 T. cocoa (Use dark chocolate cocoa)

1 c. sugar

2 eggs

1 t. salt

1 t. baking soda

1 t. vinegar

1 t. vanilla

5 T. coconut oil, melted

1 c. brewed coffee

Mix dry ingredients and then incorporate wet ingredients.  Mix well without over mixing.  Bake at 350 for 15-30 minutes.  (Baking time depends on the size pan you put it in.  I put this in a 9×13, but it was pretty thin.  You can put it in an 8×8 or 9×9, but the baking times would need to be adjusted. Don’t let it overbake.  It will be dry.)

Allow the cake to cook and then add this icing:

1 c. semi sweet chocolate chips

1/4 c. almond milk (or really any kind of milk)

2 T. butter

1/2 t. vanilla

1 c. powdered sugar

Bring the first three ingredients to a boil, remove from heat, and add powdered sugar and vanilla.  (For a thicker icing add more powdered sugar.)  Pour over slightly cooled cake.


While your cake is baking and you have completely ditched your to-do list, I would suggest you paint a wall in your house as a chalkboard wall.  That’s the next logical thing to do, right?!?


Once that dries, cut yourself a piece of cake, pour a glass of milk, call your boys in (2 out of 3 isn’t too bad), and have them draw away.  The middle schooler might even say something like, “Mom, since I can’t afford to buy you flowers I’m going to draw one for you right here on this wall.”  It’s moments like this, with a mouthful of chocolate cake, that almost make me believe functioning without a to-do list is worth it.  Almost.  

You can make a chocolate cake with coffee very easily. Instructions can be found on chaos2peace.


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