Very Chocolate Cake

Last night was my friends Big THREE O Birthday Party so I knew I wanted to make her a decadent cake. Since nearly all our friends are chocolate lovers, I opted for a fluffy, very chocolatey cake with chocolate icing . This recipe is actually a little quicker than your typical cake or cookies since you don’t have to cream butter and sugar which is my least favorite (by often entirely necessary) step in baking.

Start by preheating the oven to 350 and grease two cake pans. I used 2 square 8×8 pans because I think square cake is easier to cut at a party.

Here is what I did:

Whisk together dry ingredients:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

In a separate bowl, mix:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup strong black coffee (I didn’t quite have a cup leftover from breakfast so I sprinkled 1tsp of coffee grinds into the dry ingredients)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Add the wet to the dry and use an electric mixer to beat for about 2 minutes – until smooth. Pour into greased pans, give them a shake to make sure the batter is spread evenly. Lick the bowl and beater and bake the cakes for about 30 mins or until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool in pans for 10mins than move to a wire rack (this may not be entirely necessary, but it is what the pros suggest).

After the cake cooked, Owen iced it all over and it was a big hit at the party! The inside looked even better than the picture I have. The cake was tall, fluffy and scrumptious with more icing in between the layers. I was happy with this recipe and will definitely make it again and again. It works great for cupcakes too which I also made so we could sample it before serving. The original recipe came from http://www.mybakingaddiction.com/the-best-chocolate-cake-recipe/

While the cake was baking, I whipped up some chocolate icing. Beat together:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 4 tbs heavy cream (or milk)

Yum Yum!!

One Comment

  1. 2-26-2013

    The cake was delicious!! The cake was a hit at the party and the leftovers were very much enjoyed by my co-workers! Thank you so much Carissa and Owen!

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