House For Six

Super Easy Fancy Pants Cappuccino Cake

Deme Crinion4 Comments

We're still trying to figure out which moving box our cookie cutters are hiding in, so we'll save the sugar cookie post for Thursday.  In the meantime, I wanted to make something special for my parents who are flying in tomorrow.  We've somehow manage to keep their visit a surprise from the kids, so I'm just telling them that Mama was craving some cake.

This recipe is from my husband's side of the family and it's become one of my favorite "adult" desserts.  Perfect for holidays or any day.  Also perfect for a snack, dessert, or to replace any or all of your three balanced meals. 

The best part of this recipe is that on top of being delicious, it's super easy!

This is one of those looks fancy-pants, tastes fancy-pants, sounds fancy-pants recipes but isn't really hard at all.  In fact, it's base is a yellow cake mix. 

Here's what you'll need:

-1 yellow cake mix

-4 Tablespoons of instant coffee/espresso/cappuccino/whatever

-2 teaspoons of cinnamon

-1/2 cup of finely chopped nuts

-1/2 cup of chocolate chips (I like using the mini's)

-3 eggs

-1 1/2 cup water (not pictured)

-1/3 cup olive oil (or oil of choice - also not pictured)

- powdered sugar for dusting

You'll also need one of these...

Let's get started!

If your pan has a lot of grooves like this one, you can use a napkin to spread the oil around, or just give yourself a break and use a spray with flour. 

I use an equal mix of walnuts and pecans.  We buy them in bulk at Costco or Sams, chop them up in the food processor, and keep them on hand in a bag stored in the freezer.

Now grab a large bowl...

 You can use any kind of instant coffee drink mix and each one will slightly change the taste of the cake.

She's ready when a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. For my oven it's an extra 5 min.

Then flip it over onto a serving plate and allow it to cool completely.  Then...

SO good.  I'm eating that slice right now as I type. 

And now that you've seen all those pretty pics, let me show you what's really lurking in the blurred background of that first shot.

The bundt pan and I do not get along.  Although, it's usually not quite this bad.  I always thought it was the


pliable nature of my pan, but am now sure it's user error. There are some good tips to avoid this happening on the

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and I would love to hear yours!  Feeling hopeful for my next attempt! 

Thanks so much for reading! We would love to keep in touch!