Wednesday, February 10, 2010

To Bake a Cake on a Snowy Day

The Northeast is experiencing the blizzard of 2010. I am home from work today and after reading the weather reports, I am rather skeptical about getting in tomorrow morning. Hopefully by the afternoon I will be back at my desk on the trading floor. It is nice to be at home and bake and read food blogs, but at the same time being cooped up past one day will drive me a bit stir crazy.

Speaking of stirring...

In the meantime, it is coming down about an inch an hour and I craved baking a cake today. However, I did not want all of the fat and calories. I searched high and low and found a winning recipe for a gorgeous and delicious cappuccino cake! This was featured in a contest, so trusting it seemed just fine. It is the perfect cake for a snowy day. You can have it with a coffee, hot chocolate, or a nice glass of Shiraz! Also, for you vegans out there, just use soy yogurt and you are good to go! I must say that this cake is delicious and extremely moist, and you don't even need the glaze. The powdered sugar would be fine as a topping!

If you are experiencing a snow day today, too, enjoy!

CAPPUCCINO CAKE RECIPE (Courtesy of Cut the Calories Cook Off Contest, GMA, 2000)


1 1/3 cup flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
(I used Hershey's)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup plain yogurt
(I used Fage)
3/4 cup strong coffee
(cold - I used vanilla flavored)
1 teaspoon coffee liqueur
(I used Kahlua)
1/4 cup oil


1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Mix all dry ingredients together in large bowl until well-blended.

3. In separate bowl, whisk yogurt and cold coffee, oil and liqueur together until smooth.

4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until cake batter is well-blended.

5. Pour batter into on 8-inch round pan (wax paper bottom and grease/flour sides) and bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until tester comes out clean.

6. Cool 10 minutes and remove from pan, then remove wax paper from bottom of cake.

Ingredients for the glaze

Ingredients for glaze:

2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate (melt for glaze)
2 tablespoons coffee liqueur
(I used Kahlua)
1/4 cup icing sugar (to dust on top of chocolate)


1. When cake has totally cooled, melt chocolate in microwave.

2. Add 2 tablespoons of coffee liqueur and mix well until you get a glaze-like consistency.

3. Drizzle melted chocolate in zigzag pattern over top of cake.

4. Once the chocolate has set, sprinkle with icing sugar.


  1. Oh I'm drooling! I loved how you used fage, it's my favorite! I'm in the midst of the blizzard too and have been off of school all week, and even tomorrow they say! Baking has been my favorite thing to do with all this extra time as well=)

  2. Sherry G - I am glad you are off for a few days because that lemon walnut pound cake looks amazing! I am impressed that you are so young and cook up a storm (pun intended) - keep it up!

  3. Oh that cake looks perfect! I love using Kahula in recipes and always have some on hand!! Thanks...and try to stay warm....this weather is driving me crazy!!!

  4. this was inspiring enough for me to whip up a quick banana bread with a chocolate glaze (its what I had around and I needed to satisfy the craving)

  5. Its still snowing in Philly, we have been snacking on crap all day. I could really use a slice of this cake..just got word that all the schools are closed again tomorrow..I will be going CRAZY!!

  6. This sounds like a great combination! Yum. Hope you stay warm!!!!

  7. This looks wonderful! I love that you used Fage and it's always nice to have a slice of cake that isn't going to put some extra pounds on your butt!
    Always like the coffee flavor with chocolate anything! Nice recipe!

  8. Baking on a snowy day is the best feeling! And this cake sounds delicious. I like adding yogurt to my baked goods - they seem to come out nice and moist. Hope you can get back to work tomorrow!

  9. Here in DC we've been walloped with snow the last week. I'm getting tired of the kids being out of school, but being cooped up in the house is great for trying new recipes. :) Your cake looks absolutely amazing!

  10. This is my favorite.But never tried at home.Thanks for sharing this recipe!!!

  11. Oh am dreaming of snowy days now....all i see here is sunshine :-))))))
    Yummy cake u baked here......

  12. the snow definitely makes me want to bake as well! I, however, still had to go to school in the blizzard of 2010. Ludicrous. But what the consequences are of living across the street from school.

    This looks delicious!

  13. looks like the PERFECT way to spend a snowy day!

  14. Wow, this is an incredible cake! I love the Kahlua in the glaze!

  15. this looks sooo good!! I can't wait to try it!and the kahlua...YUMMY!

  16. I think you found the perfect way to spend the day. Your cake looks delicious.

  17. What a perfect cake for a snowed in day! I love the Kahlua in here. Yum and Double Yum!

  18. Great recipe! I am bookmarking for sure...can't tell you how many times I want to make a cake but feel guilty about consuming half of it (we are a household of two). Nice!

  19. This sounds completely delicious - I love that it has so much cocoa in it. I think I'll have to add it to my list of recipes from your blog to try out... :)

  20. Hi Amiee,
    Your cake looks awesome! I never tried cappuccino cake but sounds delicious. I baked cake today also. i am starting Valentine's weekend! Hope you have a wonderful Valentine's weekend also :-)

  21. i find baking to be the second-best way to combat losing my sanity. what's the best way, you ask? why, eating, of course! :)
    terrific cake, aimee. :)

  22. Cooking on a snowy day, oh yes, feathering the next, hunkering down in preparation, satisfying an instinctual need for security and comfort. This delicious cake is a delicious way to celebrate a snowday.

  23. Yum- coffee flavored chocolate cake. Sounds like the perfect way to spend a day trapped inside.

  24. oh my! Heavenly!! Thanks for posting this recipe I can't wait to try it!! I am posting a killer caloried filled one today.. that is oh so good..but this one.. I will have to try...less calories....sooo good!