Mexican Chocolate Cake with Dried Cranberries

  • serves 12

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Directions for: Mexican Chocolate Cake with Dried Cranberries


1 cup unsalted butter

½ cup Dutch process unsweeted cocoa powder

1 Tbsp instant coffee

¾ cup water

1 cup sugar

1 cup packed brown sugar

2 large eggs

½ cup buttermilk, sour cream or plain yogurt

1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract

2 cup flour

1 tsp baking soda

½ tsp cinnamon

½ tsp sea salt

1 cup dried cranberries

½ cup whipping cream

3 oz bittersweet chocolate finely chopped


1. Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 350 F (175 C). Butter and flour a 12-cup (1.5-L) Bundt pan or 9-inch (22.5-cm) angel food cake pan.

2. Melt the butter over moderately low heat, then whisk in cocoa. Add water and coffee and whisk until smooth. Remove from heat and let cool. Whisk in the sugar, eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla.

3. Sift together flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Add the cocoa mixture and whisk until just combined. Whisk in the cranberries.

4. Pour the batter into the cake pan and bake cake until a toothpick inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean, 45 - 55 minutes.

5. Cool the cake in the pan on a rack for 10 minutes, then loosen the edges with a thin knife and invert onto a plate. Let cool.

6. For the glaze, bring the cream to a boil in a small pot. Remove from the heat and add the chocolate, stirring until smooth.

7. Spoon the glaze over the top of the cake, letting it run down the sides. Keeps well for 3 days tightly wrapped. Freeze for longer storage.

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