Cowboy Chocolate Cake

  • Yield: 15 servings


1 1/2sticks unsalted butter
3cups sugar
3large eggs
2teaspoons vanilla
4ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted
3cups all-purpose flour
3teaspoons baking soda
1/2teaspoon salt
1teaspoon cinnamon
3/4cup buttermilk
1/3cup strong, boiling coffee
Warm Chocolate Sauce:
2cups heavy cream
1/4teaspoon cayenne pepper
16ounces semisweet chocolate


  1. Preheat oven to 325F.  Butter and flour 9×12-inch baking pan.
  2. Cream butter sugar until light and fluffy.  Add eggs and vanilla and beat until well blended.
  3. Add melted chocolate and beat 1 to 2 minutes.
  4. In separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
  5. Alternate adding dry mixture and buttermilk to butter and sugar mixture.  Beat until blended.
  6. Slowly add boiling coffee and beat until smooth.  Bake 1 hour.
  7. Serve with warm chocolate sauce.
  8. To prepare the chocolate sauce.  Heat heavy cream until hot but not boiling.  Remove from heat and add cayenne pepper and chocolate.  Stir until blended.


Recipe reprinted with permission from the Garden Club of Lexington, Inc.’s Entertaining with Bluegrass Winners (Lexington, Ky., 2008).