Chocolate Cake and Baking Mix

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With this in the pantry, you'll have no reason to deny yourself a chocolate fix when the mood strikes. If you're looking for that perfect chocolate cake--rich, complex, but light--look no further. How about deep, fudgy brownies? It's right here. Or almost guilt-free and oil-free chocolate muffins? Got those covered, too. Best of all, if you have kids like mine who tell you at ten o'clock at night that they need a treat to take to school the next day, you'll be the supermom who can whip out amazing desserts "from scratch" in moments.

Makes12 cups

Cooking Methodbaking



Total Timeunder 30 minutes

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

One Pot MealYes

OccasionCasual Dinner Party, Family Get-together

Recipe Coursedessert

Dietary Considerationegg-free, halal, kosher, lactose-free, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free, vegan, vegetarian

Five Ingredients or LessYes

Taste and Texturechocolatey, sweet

Type of Dishcake, chocolate cake, dessert


  • 3 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 3 cups unbleached flour
  • 4 1/2 cups coconut sugar, or 4 cups organic sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups cocoa powder (not Dutch-processed)
  • 6 tablespoons very finely ground coffee (espresso grind)
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt


  1. Sift together all of the ingredients into a large bowl, then using a wire whisk, mix well until the mixture looks perfectly combined. Alternatively, you can use an electric mixer or food processor. Store in an airtight container or ziplock bags at room temperature for 3 to 4 months.


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