like Grandma used to make!!!
This recipe makes a 2 layer, 8 inch cake. Or 20-24 cupcakes (depending on the size).
3 cups flour (all purpose)
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 cups HOT water
3/4 cup vegetable oil
2 Tbs white vinegar
1 Tbs instant coffee granules
1 Tbs vanilla
Preheat oven to 350. Coat 2 8″ round cake pans with cooking spray (I have a cool mister that I put my own oil in and then spray!)
Whisk together the flour, sugar, unsweetened cocoa, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.
Combine water, oil, vinegar, instant coffee, and vanilla. Add to the dry ingredients and whisk until just combined – you may see a few lumps. Do not overmix!
Pour batter evenly into the 2 pans. Bake until a toothpick comes out clean (about 35-38 minutes). Cool on a rack for 20 minutes, then invert onto the rack. Cool completely. (I leave mine upside down on the rack so the dome flattens out.)