Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Let's be honest ladies....Is there anything better than chocolate cake? For me
The answer is, NO!!! I crave chocolate. There is nothing more comforting than
eating homemade chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream frosting. Be still my
heart! This cake is so moist and delightful! Enjoy.
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour, plus more for pans
2 cups of sugar
3/4 cups of good cocoa powder
2 teaspoons of baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup buttermilk, shaken
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 extra large eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup freshly brewed coffee
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter two 8 inch x 2 inch pans. Line with
parchment paper, then butter and flour the pans.
Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt into the bowl
with of an electric mixer, fitted with paddle attachment and mix on low speed
until combined. In another bowl, combine the buttermilk, oil, eggs, and vanilla.
With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry.
With the mixer still on low, add the coffee and stir to just combine, scraping the
bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Pour the batter into the prepared pans
and bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Cool in pans for 30 minutes. Take out of pans
and finish cooling completely.
6 ounces good semi sweet chocolate, chopped
2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
1 extra large egg yolk, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups sifted confectioners sugar
1 tablespoon instant coffee powder
Chop the chocolate and place in a heat proof bowl set over a pan of simmering
water. Stir until melted and set aside.
In a bowl with an electric mixer, beat the butter on med-high speed until light
and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the egg yolk and vanilla and continue to
beat for about 3 min. Turn the mixer to low and gradually add confectioners
sugar, then beat on medium speed, scrape sides of bowl and beat until creamy.
Dissolve coffee powder in 2 teaspoons of hot tap water. On low speed, add
the chocolate and coffee to the butter mixture and mix until blended.
Spread on cake. Recipe Ina Garten.