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2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup hot brewed coffee
2 eggs

Preheat oven to 175 degrees Centigrade and grease and flour a 9 inch cake pan. In a bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients. Create a well in the centre and add all the rest of the ingredients except coffee. Mix well until combined and then add coffee. Mix once again. Pour into greased pan and bake in the middle rack in the oven for approximately an hour or until a skewer comes out just clean. Cool on a wire rack.



1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix the sugar, flour and salt in a medium saucepan. Stir in 3/4 cup of the milk. Bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking constantly. Cook for another 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Whisk together the egg and remaining milk, then whisk that mixture into the saucepan. Return to heat and cook just until it starts to boil, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla. Transfer to a bowl; cover with plastic wrap directly on the surface of the custard. Chill for at least 2 hours, or overnight.

8 ounces bittersweet chocolate (can use semisweet)
1 cup heavy cream

Break up the chocolate into a medium bowl. Heat the cream in a small saucepan just until it starts to boil. Pour into the chocolate and stir until the chocolate melts and becomes smooth and shiny. Let cool about 30 minutes. Stir through again before frosting the cake.

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