chocolate cake

I was newly married and didn’t know a whole lot about baking. I wanted to make a special cake to impress my husband for his birthday. So, I found an interesting recipe that called for coffee in the cake batter. I made the cake and it looked beautiful, we couldn’t wait to eat it! As my husband began eating his piece he wondered if it had a secret ingredient. I said, “Yes! It has coffee in the batter.” He said, “Are you sure it doesn’t have coconut or nuts in it?” I said, “No, just the coffee grounds.” He thought it was hysterical, because I was supposed to use instant coffee. I was mortified and embarrassed. The story has continued to be told all these many years later!

Jan – NM

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