Nora’s Chocolate Cake

This cake has become one of my all-time personal favorites (and its fan base is growing daily). It’s the perfect dessert for almost any occasion. Not only is it easy to make, it’s also rich and chocolaty both with and without the frosting. If you decide to forgo the frosting, give the cake a light dusting of sifted powdered sugar just before serving.




  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9 x 13-inch glass baking dish. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk until well mixed and there aren’t big clumps of brown sugar.
  3. Pour the hot coffee, soymilk, oil and vanilla over the flour mixture, whisking mixture just until smooth. Spread the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle chocolate chips on top. Bake the cake in preheated oven for 50 to 60 minutes or until a tester inserted in center comes out clean (with the exception of a little melted chocolate from the chocolate chips).
  4. Let cake cool completely. If desired, frost cake when cool with Chocolate Espresso Frosting. The cake will last several days at room temperature. Just make sure to cover the top of the pan with plastic wrap.