Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Chocolate Cake


                  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.

                                                              Chocolate Cake

              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.

                                                               Chocolate Frosting

             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.


           
         

50 comments:

  1. Once I saw coffee in the ingredients, I said this is Ina's recipe! HAHA sure enough it was :) Looks delish!

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  2. Chocolate cake sings to my soul...mostly it says "have more why don't ya?" Looks heavenly :)

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  3. Val this looks absolutely Scrumptious!!! My husband would just die for a slice of this cake! So glad I can view your blog again! It wouldn't let me for so long :(

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  4. Val this looks so amazing! I'm with ya - not a lot better than chocolate cake. I haven't made one in a long time though...boo! I want to run to my kitchen and make one now after seeing yours!

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  5. So pretty! I bet the coffee is KEY. Must try this. :)

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  6. This looks amazing Val! Really too die for!!

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  7. I'm not even a chocolate fan, but this looks amazing. I love anything with buttercream=))

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  8. I don't think anything could look more delicious!!! :)

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  9. holy cow those pictures are fantastic. You're right, there's nothing better than chocolate cake. I could really use a piece of that to go with my red wine right now :)

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  10. Im not sure ive ever had chocolate buttercream. Sounds yummy

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  11. Say no more...chocolate...yum! And in cake form? Double yum!

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  12. Nope...nothing beats chocolate! This sounds amazing girl!

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  13. Chocolate cake is heaven on a plate! this looks divine! I am a new follower you have a fab blog!
    ~Anne

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  14. My all time favorite cake! Now I gotta go bake one cause I can't eat yours ; )

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  15. Like it looks so darn pretty- almost to pretty to eat- ALMOST:) I love the coffee added in it and I am all over this recipe because my husband's all time favorite dessert is chocolate cake and I have yet to find a recipe I truly like- as in go to all the time. This might just be the one

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  16. No! There is nothing better than chocolate cake! Looks so delish!
    Hugs!

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  17. This looks so good and I am so glad that I am finally able to get to your beautiful blog and self! For some reason blogger wouldn't let me in! Now I can go back and see all the wonderful yumminess that I missed! I missed you!
    xoxoxo

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  18. I adore this post. Is it wrong that I could stare at this picture forever. y.u.m.!!!!!!!!

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  19. PLEASE. send. cake. immediately.

    growing weaker by the moment...

    oh yeah...you can send the plate along with it...in case I survive this death by chocolate craving I'm experiencing from reading your post!

    Jenny Matlock
    Sorry for the anonymous comment...blogger is being quite obnoxious this morning.

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  20. YUM YUM YUM!!! I love chocolate!! This looks very similar to what I had for dessert last night.

    Posting anonymous because I can't comment any other way for whatever reason!

    Traci B. - thetracichronicles.blogspot.com

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  21. I want to eat this cake right off my computer screen! Definitely making this one soon... Good thing it's sweater season:)

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  22. I completely agree! Sometimes chocolate cake is the solution to everything:-)

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  23. Looks amazing! I want some now, for breakfast! haha

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  24. oooey goooey goodness! you are right, nothing better~

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  25. chocolate on chocolate is seriously the best!! must give this a try :)

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  26. SINFUL! Can I come over and have some please? And gain 20 lbs while I am at it :) LUV U GIRLY!

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  27. oh my goodness! this looks absolutely divine!

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  28. Heavenly!!

    Hey, I made the pumpkin pasta dish with the apple sausage the other night, and you weren't kidding, it was soooooo GOOD!! My whole family ate seconds. It's a new favorite! =) Thanks! XO ~Liz

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  29. lately i have been on a baking frenzy. yes ME. it's weird...and im looking for new recipes and things to create and i so knew i could head to your blog and find some!!!! you can never go wrong with chocolate cake!

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  30. mmm! i love the idea of that little coffee flavor in the cake. it looks amazing!!

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  31. NOPE! Nothing better Val than chocolate cake. You make yours look so pretty too! I would feel bad cutting into that work of art.

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  32. Delicious! Not much to say except I love chocolate cake too and definitely need to try this! :)

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  33. I literally can taste this THROUGH the computer! :-)

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  34. oh my that looks incredible! what a fantastic post!

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  35. mmmmmmmm, looks delish - thanks for sharing.

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  36. You're right - there is nothing better than chocolate cake! Your recipe sounds delicious.

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  37. Hi Val! Thank you so much for sending me and invite to your fabulous blog. I am so excited to keep reading and trying all of the delicious recipes you post on here :)

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  38. Now THIS is a chocolate cake!!!

    Now to look at you fall recipes:)

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  39. oh my gosh val that looks amazing and i bet it would be like crack once i had a bite it looks absolutely divine! like all of your recipes

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  40. Oh my, that looks soooo delicious! Yesterday was my sister's birthday and we had chocolate cupcakes. You can never go wrong with chocolate. Hope you're having a good weekend :)

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  41. Made your peanut butter cup cupcakes yesterday for my husband's birthday. They were so good!! Thank you for the recipe. I see your blog is invitation only now? Were you hacked?

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  42. Too bad I don't have a slice of this laying around for breakfast...I would really enjoy some right now, even thought it's 7AM

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  43. THIS LOOKS SOOOOOO AMAZING! I am SO making this! YUM!

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  44. yes, chocolate cake is great! especially the chocolate buttercream icing!! yum!

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  45. I don't think I have ever made a cake without a box. How sad is that? This looks delicious.

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  46. I'm sitting here at work drooling over this cake...LOL YUMMY!!!

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  47. Chocolate cakes are my favorite. This cake looks great. Well done! I have a recipe for Nut Cake which I highly recommend: http://eeasyrecipes.blogspot.com/2011/03/nut-cake.html

    Best regards!

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