Who says that you can’t make a delicious cake without using any butter? Here in Italy, it’s pretty common to bake sweets with olive oil, and this chocolate coffee cake recipe is the perfect demonstration that a cake can be mouth-watering and heavenly satisfying even without containing a lot of saturated fats.
Among all sweet recipes I know how to make, this one has a special place in my heart. When I was a child in fact, this was my grandmother’s “go to” cake. She used to prepare it at least once a week, and I can still remember as if it was yesterday, myself staring in front of the door of the oven with my little brother, waiting for it to be ready to eat.
Most of the time, she would bake just this plain version of the chocolate coffee cake, whilst some others she used to add some seasonal fruits as a filling, such as pears or strawberries. In fact, as this preparation is quite basic and simple, it has a lot of room for customization.
Following this recipe, you will get a rustic yet healthy and delicious cake, perfect for a birthday party or to end a lovely family meal. Where I come from, it is also pretty common to eat this kind of dessert even for breakfast!
Other than being soft and tasty, it is also extremely easy to make: in the end, all you have to do is to mix all the ingredients together and throw the cake into the oven for 40-50 minutes.
I’m sure you will love the rich depth of the cocoa combined with the sweetness of the dough and the slight sourness of the yogurt. Even more, according to my nonna, a bit of ground coffee enhances the cocoa taste, giving the cake an even nicer and more complex layer of flavor.
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Giorgia was born in a small town on the Italian Riviera, half the way between Genova and the Cinque Terre, just a few miles away from where pesto was invented. She has a background in psychology and neuroscience and is now completing her training to become a licensed psychologist while working as a web writer. As most of the time happens in Italy, it was her lovely grandmother that taught her how to cook and enjoy every bite of simple and genuine food. Giorgia loves preparing meals for family and friends and her specialty are authentic Sicilian and Ligurian dishes. Other than cooking, her greatest passions are traveling and trekking. Her biggest dream is to be able to see (and taste!) as much of the word as possible.