1 3/4 c. flour
2 c. sugar
3/4 c. cocoa
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
2 eggs
1 c. strong black coffee (or 2 tsp.
instant coffee plus 1 c. boiling
water (I use 2 tbsp. instant
1 c. buttermilk or sour milk (To
sour: 1 tbsp. vinegar plus milk
to = 1
1/2 c. vegetable oil
1 tsp. vanilla

Combine flour, sugar, cocoa, soda, baking powder and salt in large mixer bowl. Add eggs, coffee, buttermilk or sour milk, oil and vanilla. Beat at medium speed for 2 minutes. (Batter will be thin!) Pour batter into a greased and floured 13 x 9 x 2 inch pan or two 9 inch cake pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes for oblong pan or 30 to 35 minutes for layer pans. Cool. Frost with your favorite vanilla frosting, or CREAM CHEESE FROSTING listed below. --CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:--

1 (3 oz.) pkg. cream cheese
1/2 c. butter or margarine
1 tsp. vanilla or almond flavoring
2 c. powdered sugar
1 tbsp. cocoa (optional)

Combine all ingredients. Beat well. Spread on the completely cooled cake. (Frosting will beat up into more volume if cheese and butter are used directly out of the refrigerator.)