Need a little something different to bring to holiday parties this season? This Chocolate Spice Cake screams fall with the hints of anise seed, cloves, cinnamon, and others in the five-spice seasoning that penetrates the decadent chocolate.
Before I get into the recipe, I need to give a shout out and shameless plug to my buddy Katie Chin, and her new cookbook that this recipe came from: Everyday Chinese Cooking. I’ve made some delicious recipes from this book so far: Orange Chicken, Soy Ginger Edamame Salad… it’s all good. But with the holiday’s coming up, this is the one I wanted to share with you right now.
The key ingredients are good chocolate and five-spice powder. You can purchase the spice powder but it’s also easy to make with spices you might already have. (See the notes column in the recipe card.)
Start by buttering a 10-inch round cake pan and dusting it with sugar. Set aside. (I did use a round cake pan but later decided to cut the cake into individual pieces for the event I was attending. This was a big hit, by the way!)
Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and five-spice powder.
Chop up the chocolate. Pour the hot coffee over it and whisk until it all melts. (I would suggest doing this step as soon as your coffee is ready and piping hot.) I must say I felt kind of bad-ass melting my chocolate like this! Add in the buttermilk and vanilla right after that.
Next you’ll want to cream the eggs and sugar until it’s very light in color.
Add the chocolate mixture next, then the flour…
Fold in the chocolate chips, pour it in the pan, and get it in the oven.
Cool completely and dust with powdered sugar.
Chocolate Spice CakePrint Recipe
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 4 tsp five spice powder (see notes to make your own)
- 6 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped
- 1/2 cup strong brewed coffee
- 1 cup buttermilk at room temperature
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 large eggs, at room temperature
- 2 cups sugar, plus extra for dusting pan
- 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Powdered sugar for dusting
Preheat oven to 350 °
Butter and sugar a 10-inch round cake pan - set aside
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and five-spice powder - set aside
Place the chopped chocolate in a small bowl and pour the hot coffee over it, stirring until the chocolate has melted. Add the buttermilk and vanilla and whisk to blend - set aside
In a mixer, beat the eggs and sugar until light in color, about three minutes on medium-high speed
Add the chocolate mixture and mix to combine
Add the flour mixture and mix on low until fully incorporated, scraping the sides as necessary
Fold in the chocolate chips
Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan
Place in oven on the middle rack and bake for 40-45 minutes
Allow to cool completely before turning out of the pan
Dust with powdered sugar before serving
Here's what you need to make your own five-spice powder: 1 Tbs cinnamon powder, 1 Tbs clove powder, 1 Tbs fennel seed powder, 1 Tbs peppercorn powder, 1 Tbs star anise powder. This makes 5 Tbs