SO, I substituted cocoa powder for espresso powder, which of course made a chocolate flavored cake, not a coffee flavored cake. Which, to be honest, I quite enjoyed. It was such a small amount of cocoa powder that it made a very lightly chocolate tasting cake, almost like chocolate milk(!).
English Toffee from Trader Joe's. This stuff makes me want to die of happiness. This stuff makes me think it would be worth it to weigh 5,000 pounds if it was due to the fact that I had been gorgingon TJ's English Toffee. God bless the English and their toffee making skills. It also has almonds on it. Swoon.
So, those were the only changes I made. Honest. Oh, and I baked it in an 8-inch round pan, but that was only because I don't have the kind of pan the recipe called for. Oh, and I also added 2 eggs instead of 1 and 1 yolk. But that's it, those are the only changes I made.
And I loved this cake! Very tasty. However, my streusel topping sank mostly to the bottom of my cake, which I don't know if that was to be expected or not ideal, but either way it was still delicious.
I could make this cake again for sure and I also think it would be good as cupcakes. If you made this cake with the espresso powder and didn't like it, I suggest trying my version. I don't think you'll be disappointed.
Chocolate Toffee Crunch Cake
Adapted from Cake Keeper Cakes by Lauren Chattman
For the Cake:
1½ cups flour
1 heaping Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder (or instant espresso powder)
1½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1 cup packed light brown sugar
2 eggs (or 1 egg and 1 egg yolk)
1½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup milk
For the Streusel:
1 cup Trader Joe's English Toffee, chopped (or 4 Heath bars (1.4ounces each), chopped)
2 Tablespoons light brown sugar
2 Tablespoons flour
1 Tablespoon butter, softened
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9-inch round springform pan (I used an 8-inch round pan).
Combine the toffee or Heath bars, brown sugar, flour and butter in a medium mixing bowl. Work the mixture with your fingers until it resembles large crumbs. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Combine the flour, cocoa or espresso powder, baking powder and salt in a medium mixing bowl.
Combine the butter and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl and cream with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 3 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. With the mixer on low speed, add the eggs (or egg and egg yolk) and vanilla.
With the mixer on low speed, add a third of the flour mixture and then half the milk, scraping down the bowl after each addition. Repeat, alternating the flour and milk, ending with the flour.
|Kind of looks like chocolate milk, right?|
Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth into an even layer with a spatula. Scatter the streusel onto the batter, distributing it evenly over the cake.
Store uneaten cake in a cake keeper or wrap in plastic and store at room temperature for up to 3 days.
|Isn't this packaging adorable? This is one of the many reasons I love Trader Joe's!|