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Recipe: Chocolate whiskey cake

8 to 10 servings 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces, more for pan 85 grams unsweetened cocoa powder (about 3/4 cup plus...

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8 to 10 servings

12 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces, more for pan

85 grams unsweetened cocoa powder (about 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons)

1 ½ cups brewed strong coffee

1/2 cup whiskey

200 grams sugar (about 1 cup)

156 grams light brown sugar (about 1 cup)

240 grams all-purpose flour (about 2 cups)

8 grams baking soda (about 1 ½ teaspoons)

3 grams fine sea salt (about 3/4 teaspoon)

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

3 large eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips

Powdered sugar, for serving, optional

1. Heat oven to 325 degrees. Butter a 10-inch springform pan. Dust with 2 tablespoons cocoa powder.

2. In a medium saucepan over low heat, warm coffee, whiskey, 12 tablespoons butter and remaining cocoa powder, whisking occasionally, until butter is melted. Whisk in sugars until dissolved. Remove from heat and cool completely.

3. In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, pepper and cloves. In another bowl, whisk together eggs and vanilla. Slowly whisk egg mixture into chocolate mixture. Add dry ingredients and whisk to combine. Fold in chocolate chips.

4. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center emerges clean, 55 to 65 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack, then remove sides of pan. Dust with powdered sugar, if you like, and serve.

Adapted from Dol Miles, Bottega, Birmingham, Ala.

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