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How do I get from Chiffon to Mocha Chiffon Cake?

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I use (and love) the classic 1950's Betty Crocker recipe with 2 cups flour, 7 eggs (6 yolks), 3/4 cup water, 1 1/2 cups sugar, 1/2 cup vegetable oil, etc. to make a plain vanilla chiffon. But an uncle is turning 75 this weekend, and he loves mocha, so I want to make him a Coffee Crunch Mocha Chiffon Cake. I;ve seen an internet recipe with 1/2 cup cocoa and 1 teaspoon instant coffee added to the water, but I want a distinct coffee flavor. How much coffee powder should I usem and should I cut the flour if I use cocoa?

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  1. You could replace the water w/ strong coffee and add espresso powder to get a coffee flavor. Replace 2 tbsp of flour w/ 1/4 c. cocoa or 4 tsbp w/ 1/2 if you want more chocolate flavor.

    1. The Fudge Chiffon in the 1997 Joy of Cooking has that 1/2 c cocoa, and '1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon instant coffee powder'. Flour is 1 3/4c (compared to 2 1/4 c in their plain chiffon). Other ingredients are the same, so it does appear that the 1/2c cocoa substitutes for part of the flour.

      Since the instant coffee is mixed with hot water, there shouldn't be a problem if you substituted a strong brewed coffee. You'd have to decide for yourself whether the coffee flavor is stronger and/or better with brewed v instant.

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      1. re: paulj

        I just baked up a version with 1/2 c cocoa dissolved in 3/4 c strong drip coffee with 2 teaspoons instant espresso. I cut the flout 2 Tablespoons. The cake was nice and moist (maybe a tad wet--should have baked it another couple of minutes, but I was terrified of drying it out), but the flavor was strongly skewed towards chocolate, rather than coffee. I'll make the next one with half the cocoa and a bit more coffee powder and see how that works.

      2. THANK YOU, chowser and paulj! That is a big help. I can hardly wait. Perhaps I shall make a "test" cake for myself before the party ;-) Hmmmm. . . which icing would I like for myself? Mocha buttercream, perhaps. . . that would be killer with shaved chocolate, walnuts, and some coffee crunch. . . Though the fresh orange whipped cream already in the fridge would be nice, too. . .