There’s something horrible about bad chocolate cake. It’s like having a nightmare when you bite into a piece of chocolate cake that is not chocolate-y enough or moist enough. Dry cake is a serious no-no. My ideal cake is soft (I need a synonym to moist.. Don’t want to say it too much..) enough so that if you take a piece and pinch it, it will hold together easily. That make sound weird, but trust me on this one.
I used to have immense trouble making chocolate cakes, but I have finally found a good recipe. This one. It is moist, bursting with chocolate flavor, and it is fairly darn simple to make. Cakes are a serious trouble spot for me, so if I can make it, you can too.
Believe in yourself. This cake will be worth it in the end.
For the cake
- 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1 3/4 cups white sugar
- 3/4 cups cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1/2 cup canola oil (or some other oil, I used canola)
- 2 large room temperature eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup hot fresh coffee
For the frosting:
- 2 sticks butter
- 3-4 cups powdered sugar
- 1/8-1/4 cups skim milk
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease 2 nine inch round pans.
- Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa powder, and salt in a bowl. Set aside.
- Using a stand mixer, mix the buttermilk, oil, eggs, and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients slowly, then pour in the hot coffee. Your batter will seem abnormally thin. Don’t stress.
- Pour the batter into your pans, then bake for 23-27 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Important STEP! Let your cakes cool completely before taking them out, or else your will have a mess. A big mess.
For the frosting: Combine all the ingredients into a large bowl and mix with a hand held mixer. Slather all over your cake. Enjoy.
Yum. Serve yourself a big slice, after Thanksgiving though. Thanksgiving is for pie, and pie alone. Eat pie, lots of pie.
I got the recipe for this cake at Sally’s Baking Addiction: http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2013/04/08/triple-chocolate-layer-cake/
Guess what though.. I made the frosting without entirely following a recipe!
Amateur baking win.