Black Russian Cake

Ingredients for The Cake:

Butter for greasing

1 cup vegetable oil

4 large eggs

3⁄4 cup strong coffee

1⁄2 cup crème de cacao

1⁄4 cup Kahlúa

1 package dark-chocolate cake mix

1 (31⁄2-ounce) package instant chocolate pudding

Ingredients for The Topping:

11⁄2 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted

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3 tablespoons strong coffee

3 tablespoons Kahlúa

3 tablespoons crème de cacao


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and thoroughly grease a 10-inch Bundt pan or a tin
of miniature Bundts.

For the cake, combine the oil, eggs, coffee, crème de cacao, and Kahlúa in a large bowl. Mix well with a wooden spoon. Add the cake mix and pudding mix, and stir until just combined. Pour into the Bundt pan until three-fourths full. (Save any remaining batter for cupcakes or simply eat on the spot.) Bake 45 to 50 minutes, or until a skewer inserted comes out clean of batter. (For miniature Bundts, reduce the baking time to 20 to 30 minutes.) Invert the cake onto a serving plate and punch holes throughout the cake with a skewer or ice pick.

While the cake is baking, prepare the topping. Be sure to sift the confectioners' sugar well, or the glaze is sure to be lumpy. Combine the confectioners' sugar, coffee, Kahlúa, and crème de cacao until the sugar dissolves. Spoon over the warm cake, reserving several tablespoons to drizzle onto cut slices. Serve warm or at room temperature.