I like to make people birthday cakes. I think that birthdays are special and that everyone deserves a delicious birthday cake in their honor. This cake was for William’s first grade teacher. She really deserved a cake for her birthday. This chocolate cake recipe is hands down the best chocolate cake out there. It is simple, rich, chocolaty and classic. The chocolate cake is an Ina Garden recipe and the frosting is my buttercream made into chocolate buttercream.
Hey Clay, hands off the cake.
I have tried many chocolate cake recipes and honestly, this is the best one. The coffee is the magic ingredient. It gives the cake a depth that is missing from most other chocolate cakes. This is a simple cake. Wet into dry and you are all set. Bake them and then frost with a rich and crazy delicious chocolate frosting. Be very careful who you make this cake for. You will be expected to make this cake year after year.
1 3/4 cups flour
2 cups sugar
3/4 cups cocoa
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee
In the bowl of your mixer, add the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix this mixture on low until combined.
Combine the buttermilk, oil, eggs and vanilla. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients.
Pour in the hot coffee.
Pour the batter into two prepared pans. I used 9-inch pans. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Cool in the pans for 30 minutes and then turn them out on a cooling rack to cool completely.
2 sticks of room temperature butter
2 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1 teaspoon vanilla
2-3 tablespoons heavy cream
Cream together the butter and sugar. Gradually add the cocoa powder. Really, add it slowly or you and your kitchen will be wearing it.
Add just enough cream to get the consistency for spreading. Add the vanilla.