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CAKE!

August 7, 2009

In the comments on a previous post, reader Leah made a wonderful and simple suggestion: “Cake!!”

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I just so happened to have some Mississippi Mud Pie lying around. But what is the best way to get its chocolatey nutty mocha-ey flavour into coffee? Well, I’ve never been a fan of subtlety, so I just dropped the whole damn thing in.

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Add some cream and sugar.

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Then supercharge that mocha flavour with some coffee.

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And blend the heck out of it.

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The thing I immediately noticed about the finished product was that it looked like a foamy fancy drink, and smelled delicious.

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The taste was good, but not as sweet or as bold as I thought it would be. It was like a mild hot chocolate. Obviously the mocha flavour, which stands out in the cake on its own, was all but absent in a drink that’s 3/4 coffee.

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I’ve done some undocumented experiments with nuts before, and found that whole nuts (vs. nut butter) give coffee a gritty texture without the subtle nutty flavour I desired. The candied pecans here were no exception, even though there weren’t many. I was surprised that the rest of the cake blended smoothly into the coffee, though, leaving only some nut bits at the bottom.

Overall, it was good, but for all the calories I’d rather just make a nice café mocha.

I gotta try this with other cakes. I bet vanilla birthday cake with lots of icing would be delicious.

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. August 9, 2009 3:08 am

    Hmmm have you ever read the Sneeze.com’s posts “Steve Don’t eat it”? I think you would like them.
    http://www.thesneeze.com/steve-dont-eat-it/

  2. August 9, 2009 2:34 pm

    Oh man, I totally forgot about Steve Don’t Eat It! Thanks for the reminder.

    I just came across this one: http://www.thesneeze.com/2005/steve-dont-eat-it-vol-7.php – kinda made me barf a little.

    Maybe I should try infected corn coffee?

  3. Darlene permalink
    August 9, 2009 4:20 pm

    Love the blog! Some of these are really interesting. I always gross people out when I tell them this, but I put cheese in my coffee. I learned it from my mom, who learned it from my grandpa.

    It’s always cheddar cheese, and it’s a large slice of it, not the shredded kind. I tend to add a few thick slices in it. I drink the coffee and every now and then spoon out the cheese. It’s slightly soft and melty, but still together. The coffee has no cheese taste, but the cheese has a delicious coffee taste. When I’m done with the coffee, I spoon out the rest of cheese at the bottom.

  4. netalena permalink
    August 9, 2009 7:04 pm

    Try dipping the cake in the coffee and eating. Yum!
    Love the Blog!

  5. August 9, 2009 9:24 pm

    I think the best “Steve Don’t Eat it” may be the prison wine… But the one you mentioned is by far the grossest, part of me kinda wants you to put that in your coffee… not because I’m a heinous b***h, but because I’m really curious what would happen…

  6. August 9, 2009 9:36 pm

    Love your additions. Might try it when I spend sleepless nights reading for exams with coffee in one hand and a pen in other. Naturally, I’m a caffeine-less person. 😀

  7. August 10, 2009 2:47 am

    Darlene: Wow, cheese. I’ve been meaning to ease myself into that category with cream cheese, but cheddar is really going for it. On the other hand, I do love some bitter coffee-like tastes in strong cheeses (e.g., I had a delicious Guinness cheese once), so it’s crazy enough to work.

    Netalena: Definitely yum. Cookies are also great dipped in coffee.

    Hey Lady: I’m very curious too. Also a bit nauseated. I think I’ll try regular corn first though.

    Ruling Numerator: Boredom while studying was the whole inspiration for this blog. 🙂

  8. August 21, 2009 7:18 pm

    Oh this is right up your alley! Saw it today, and had to share:

    http://www.seriouseats.com/2009/08/juustoleipa-finnish-bread-cheese-coffee-scandanavian.html

  9. August 30, 2009 3:18 pm

    Cakeshake time!

  10. January 29, 2010 2:36 pm

    my friends work at a corporate coffee cafe in a bookstore.
    they serve cheesecake at this CCC, and if the slices sit around too long or get ‘damaged’, the employees can have them. so they make a drink called ‘pound in a cup’. because it contains so many calories, if you eat it, you gain a pound.

    it’s a slice of this cheesecake, and 8 oz of coffee, in a blender.

  11. February 1, 2010 9:17 pm

    That sounds delicious, Beccajo. Worth every pound, I’d say.

  12. Grim permalink
    September 29, 2010 1:26 am

    Haha, adding cream and sugar to a coffee that’s already got cake in it? Isn’t that kinda irrelevant? It’s a bit like putting in coffee-flavoured syrup.

    I may have to experiment with this.

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