Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Coffee & Kahlúa Crazy Cake (no eggs, milk or butter)

For this week's Tried & True Tuesday, I'm sharing a new flavor for the Crazy Cake recipe, Coffee & Kahlúa!  I have BOTH the cake and mug cake versions for you!

I was busy in the kitchen on Friday, experimenting with the recipe for a party over the weekend.  I am so excited to share this new version - it turned out wonderful.  Everyone loved the cake!  Just like the original, the cake turned out super moist and delicious.  With a just hint of coffee and Kahlúa, it's a yummy twist on the Great Depression era recipe.

Note:
  • I have no affiliation with the makers of Kahlúa, I'm just a fan! 
  • Links to Chocolate, Lemon, Vanilla and Spiced Crazy Cakes can be found at the bottom of this post.

Coffee & Kahlúa Crazy/Wacky Cake

Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 Cups flour (all-purpose)
  • 3 Tbsp. cocoa (unsweetened)
  • 1 Cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp.  salt
  • 1 tsp. white vinegar
  • 1 tsp.  pure vanilla extract
  • 5 Tbsp. vegetable oil 
  • 3/4 Cup brewed coffee (cold or room temperature)
  • 1/4 Cup Kahlúa
Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Mix first 5 dry ingredients in a greased 8" square baking pan.  Make 3 depressions in dry ingredients - two small, one larger (see #3 in photo below). Pour vinegar in one depression, vanilla in the other and the vegetable oil in third larger depression.  Pour coffee and Kahlúa over all.  Mix well until smooth.

Bake on middle rack of oven for 35 minutes.  Check with toothpick to make sure it comes out clean.  Cool.  Top with your favorite chocolate frosting or sprinkle with powdered sugar.  Enjoy!

FROSTING RECIPES:

Tips: 
If you don't have/like Kahlúa, use 1 cup of coffee.

You can double the recipe, just use a 9x13 baking pan.

You can also mix the batter in a bowl for neater, easier mixing AND for cupcakes (adjust baking time for cupcakes).  Be sure to follow the directions the same way - mixing the dry ingredients then making the depressions for the wet ingredients.  

Although I have not used Gluten Free flour mixes for this recipe, many people have use it for the Original Chocolate Crazy Cake, and it turns out wonderful! "Yes it is yummy and very moist. It even works with gf flour mixes!"

{The tutorial picture above is from my original Crazy Cake post.  The steps are the same.  Instead of water in step 5, pour 3/4 cup of coffee and 1/4 cup of Kahlúa}

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Next up
Coffee & Kahlúa Crazy Cake in a Mug! 
So darn good!  Way too easy to make!  


COFFEE & KAHLUA CRAZY CAKE IN A MUG

Ingredients
  • 5 Tablespoons flour (all-purpose)
  • 4 1/2 Tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cocoa (unsweetened)
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • Dash of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil (or canola)
  • 4 Tablespoons brewed coffee (cold or room temperature)
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Kahlúa

Directions (step by step photos below)
Using a large microwave safe mug, spray the inside with non-stick cooking spray. Next, mix the first 5 dry ingredients in the mug.  After mixing well, make 3 depressions in dry ingredients.  Pour vinegar in one depression, vanilla in the other and the vegetable oil in third depression.  Pour coffee and Kahlúa over top.  Mix well until smooth using a fork.  Place in microwave and cook on high for *2 minutes, uncovered. Check with toothpick to make sure it comes out clean.  Be sure not to over cook!  Top with whatever you like - powdered sugar, frosting, chocolate chips, whipped cream. Enjoy hot or cold. 

TIPS:
Each microwave cooks differently, adjust time accordingly!  One person made the cake in 1 minute 40 seconds, and another in 1 minute 20 seconds.  If you overcook the cake, it may ruin it.  Be sure to watch as it bakes. 

If you want a neater mug cake, mix the cake batter in a small bowl, then pour the batter in the mug.

You can add mini chocolate chips to the batter for a super rich chocolate cake...or do what I did, throw some on top after you make it, while it's still warm!  Mmm, mmm good!

The tutorial picture above is from the original Chocolate Crazy Cake in a Mug. The steps are the same.  In place of water, use 4 Tablespoons of coffee and a 1/2 Tablespoon of Kahlúa.

More Crazy Cake flavors:
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Cheers!

52 comments:

Talya Tate Boerner said...

Looks delicious and very moist!

Brandi said...

Coffee and Kahlua!! Oh my!! You just convinced me to make this cake immediately!

Mel@Mellywood's Mansion said...

yummo Mary, boozy cake is gooooooood!

Heather @ The Beating Hearth said...

a la mode?!?! Yes please! This is the crazy cake for me.

LittleMyoo said...

Oh yum...I'm with Mel and the boozy cake comment. We've made chocolate wacky cake forever...But now I have to try this version....

Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm said...

How is it that I totally missed a post that involved alcohol?....and chocolate???...Yummmm!

2js-2ms said...

I have had this Wacky Cake recipe for years...35+. Love it, now you go & add a little more to love....yesssss. Thankyou

Anonymous said...

What frosting is it that you used? Looks sooo good!

Anonymous said...

make a cake that has air in it
lol not make one that has no butter in it

Anonymous said...

Awesome idea for the little microwave cake. I just made it. It's a bit dry though. Yours looked very moist. Im not sure if it had anything to do with me not having any vinegar, so I skipped that step. Maybe 2 mins was to long in my microwave. Thanks for the awesome tips:) I'm glad ur daughter could finally have real cake:)

Mary said...

Hi there! I think you should give it another try - but this time BE SURE to add the vinegar! The vinegar is a key ingredient to make it moist and rise. And yes, you may want to adjust your cooking time. Many people have said their microwaves cooked the cake in under 1 min 30 secs. Thank you so much for the visit! Hope you have a wonderful day!

Jess said...

this was delish!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this recipe. I use to make a cake with a similar flavor profile but it used box cake mix and I don't use those anymore. So glad to be able to make it again.

I added 1/2 tsp of cinnamon and it was perfect. Love the size of the cake. Perfect for a small family.

Moosie said...

I tried the cake exactly (8x8 pan) and it did not work. No idea what was wrong.

Mary N said...

Hi Moosie! I'm not sure why your cake didn't turn out. So sorry to hear that. Did you follow the "rules" for the dry ingredients first, then depressions, followed by the wet and then the coffee and Kahlua? This cake has science behind it, in order to get it to rise and be "cakey" without eggs and dairy. Let me know if you have any questions.

laketia said...

Ahhh this is awesome. I needed a cake recipe for a friend who has an egg allergy has well and it just so happens that two of her favorite things are booze and coffee! One question...What kind of coffee did you use?

Mrs. Williams said...

Wow this is so exciting! I definitely cannot wait to try this. I'm so happy I stumbled upon your page :)

Anonymous said...

I'm cooking this in the microwave right now! I used chai tea instead of coffee and sweetened cocoa. So excited to try it. Thanks for the recipe :)

Anonymous said...

Thank god for this recipe! I tried a different kahlua cake recipe first and it turned out horribly! But this one turned out great and was a hit at the party I went to

Taunia said...

I was craving something chocolaty tonight, but had no eggs or butter, so I took to Pinterest and found this recipe. Mine turned out a little dry like others, but I think I can easily attribute that to haphazard measuring and over-cooking. I cooked mine for only 1min 15 secs and still think it was to long. All the same, two thumbs up for a simple recipe with a perfect proportion for one! I know it will turn out much better next time.

Taunia said...

I was craving something chocolaty tonight, but had no eggs or butter, so I took to Pinterest and found this recipe. Mine turned out a little dry like others, but I think I can easily attribute that to haphazard measuring and over-cooking. I cooked mine for only 1min 15 secs and still think it was to long. All the same, two thumbs up for a simple recipe with a perfect proportion for one! I know it will turn out much better next time.

Samantha Faust said...

Well I was excited to try this until my pin on pinterest was removed because of copyright reasons. People are just sharing your recipe for others to see because they think it's so good. Why would you flag that? Just thought you should know in case it wasn't you.

Mary N said...

Hi Samantha, Sorry about that! I did flag a pin, but it went to a scrapper site that didn't have the recipe and was just using my photo. I'm not sure why all the pins were removed - it was my first time reporting a pin - I had no idea it would remove all the pins. I hope you were able to print the recipe...or just pin it again. Sorry for the inconvenience!

GiveLove, Alejandra said...

Any substitute for the oil?? Applesauce.. or half apple sauce/half oil.. ?

GiveLove, Alejandra said...

Any substitution for the oil? Applesauce? Half Applesauce/half oil??

JLINNE-PEARSON said...

I love Kahlua but I'm also thinking some Bailey's might be good as well. Mmm! I'll have to try both.

JLINNE-PEARSON said...

I love Kahlua but I'm also thinking some Bailey's might be good as well. Mmm! I'll have to try both.

Jeanne said...

I have made a WackyCake for more than 50 years . This looks like a terrific variation! A must try!

Anonymous said...

Love these recipes, will definitely have to try them (all). I also like that it make a good "bake and take" in the tin foil pan. Pam

claire-louise lewis said...

Has anyone added walnuts or pecans with any success??

thanks4themomeries said...

Have you ever tried to substitute applesauce for the oil? I usually do that for a low or non-fat version, but I'm not sure if it would work with this.

Chris said...

do you have a recipe for a strawberry cake.....any help greatly appreciated

Farah Abdi said...

Amazing morning quick cake before to go to work! I made a banana toffee and coffee one this morning it was delicioussss thank you

Y AL said...

Used bail instead and made it into cupcakes with lemon curd in the middle. V yummy! Exceeded my expectations! Not dry at all when eaten warm. Hope it tastes as good tmr am

Anonymous said...

Cancan you put baileys can you put baileys instead?

Anonymous said...

Can you use baileys instead or is their another recipe?

Anonymous said...

This was delicious and easy! I had all the ingredients and it came together quickly. Next time I will cut the baking time by a few minutes so it will be extra moist. Karen M.

Amber said...

How does it work when you don't mix/stir it?? I would love to try this!! Sounds yummy!

Anonymous said...

Can't drink alcohol but going to use Kahlua flavored coffee. Hopefully it will come out good. Using for potlucks.

Anonymous said...

Both sets of directions tell you to mix well until smooth. :)

Ellen said...

Have you ever doubled this cake and put it in a bigger pan? If so, wondering what the cooking time might be...

mt_ski_bumz said...

I made these cupcakes last night for a party... as a gluten free dessert... and they were a smashing success!!!! I substituted with all purpose GF flour and they were super moist and rose just like cupcakes are supposed to! LOVE THEM!!! (Also doubled the batch. It made 30 cupcakes... and only took about 21 minutes to cook.)

Anonymous said...

If you don't care for coffee, what can you substitute for the coffee?

Mary N said...

Anonymous, if you don't care for coffee, you can make the Chocolate Crazy Cake. You can find the recipe here: http://www.sweetlittlebluebird.com/2013/03/tried-true-tuesday-crazy-cake-no-eggs.html

Mary N said...

Hi Ellen - The baking time will vary from oven to oven, but in a 9x13 baking dish, baking time would anywhere from 30 to 40 minutes. Keep an eye on your cake starting at 30 mins.

Megan said...

How can I do the mug cake in an oven?

Anonymous said...

Don't care for coffee. I know... Says hint of coffee. Could I split coffee and Kahula 50/50? I understand alcohol bakes out and it is flavor only. Just asking everybody's opinion. Thank you

Mary N said...

If you don't care for coffee and Kahlua, you can bake the Chocolate Crazy Cake found here: http://www.sweetlittlebluebird.com/2013/03/tried-true-tuesday-crazy-cake-no-eggs.html

Anonymous said...

May I know if there's substitute for white vinegar?

debcom said...

I don;t have kahlua,do you think Baileys would work ?

Anonymous said...

Delicious cake! I used my homemade Kahlua for this recipe. I also made the One Minute Frosting but used heavy cream and coffee extract instead for the frosting. My husband said it was a bit rich, he's not a huge fan of chocolate the way I am. I thought it was perfectly rich, full of flavor and moist.

Chery said...

I made the crazy coffee cake in a mug and it was the best mug cake ever. So moist and delicious. I made it with coffee only since I don't know what kahlua is. Thank you very much for sharing this great recepie. Would pls do more crazy cakes like banana, apple, dates and caramel?