Granny's Black Magic Cake

This recipe has been a favorite of mine for years, it is one of the many that I love in the cookbook my grandma gave me, I'm pretty sure Bo likes it too.
Black Magic Cake
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk or sour milk*
  • 1 cup strong black coffee OR 2 teaspoons powdered instant coffee plus 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pre-heat oven to 350. Mix ingredients together in the order listed. Pour into two 9" round cake pans. Bake at 350 for 35 minutes.

Carmel Icing
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
Mix butter, milk and brown sugar in saucepan over medium heat. Stir until mixture boils, continue stirring at a boil for two minutes, remove from heat and add vanilla. Add 1 cup of powdered sugar and mix until combined. Add remaining powdered sugar and mix until smooth. Icing should be stiff and form peaks.


  1. So, according to Williams Sonoma, my oven was too hot because it cooked but fell in the middle. Boo. I've never tasted this to know if it would be good with something stuffed in the middle, like a mousse, or just lots of icing?

  2. Bummer Michele, My vote is additional chocolate or icing cures all kitchen fumbles. ;-)