Saturday, October 1, 2011

Rich Chocolate Cake and Chocolate Frosting

Oh, moist chocolate cake with rich, luscious chocolate frosting, what a great dessert at anytime. This is such an easy recipe. All of the cake ingredients, you can put in a large bowl and use a  hand or standing mixer to mix the batter. This is not what you would call a healthy cake, but Fall is on its way and we need to celebrate! Death by chocolate is the only way to go, and I know you will drool over this cake! Adapted from

Ingredients for cake:

2 cups white sugar
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup cocoa
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 cup low-fat buttermilk
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup hot coffee (or 2 teaspoons instant coffee in 1 cup boiling water, or just 1 cup boiling water)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour two 9-inch baking pans very well and set aside. In a large bowl, stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Add eggs, buttermilk, melted butter, and vanilla with a hand mixer, beat 2 minutes on medium speed. Stir in hot coffee. Pour batter evenly between the two pans and bake on middle rack of oven for 35 to 40 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans for 5 minutes on wire rack and then remove from pans and cool completely on wire racks.

Ingredients for frosting:

1/2 cup butter, melted
2/3 cups Hershey's cocoa
3 cups Confectioners sugar
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


In a large, deep bowl, stir together melted butter and cocoa. Alternating, add sugar and milk, beating with a hand mixer on medium speed to spreading consistency. Add more milk, if needed. Stir in vanilla.

Assemble cake:

On a cake dish put first layer of cake and icing the top and sides of cake. Then place the second layer on top of the first cake and finish icing the top and sides of the cake. Enjoy!

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