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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Chocolate Layer Cake Recipe

chocolate cake

Classic Chocolate Cake


I love classic recipes! This is a fantastic recipe for a classic chocolate cake. It's one of Ina Garten's recipes, so you know it has to be good! What I like the most about this recipe is that Ina always adds coffee to her chocolate desserts because the coffee actually brings out the flavor of the chocolate!

Classic Chocolate Cake Recipe after the jump...

Barefoot Contessa Classic Chocolate Cake


Cake

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee


Frosting

6 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
2 sticks (1/2 pound) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 large egg yolk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup plus 1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1 tablespoon instant coffee granules

1. MAKE THE CAKE: Preheat the oven to 350°. Butter two 8-inch round cake pans and line them with parchment paper; butter the paper. Dust the pans with flour, tapping out any excess.

2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle, mix the flour with the sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt at low speed. In a medium bowl, whisk the buttermilk with the oil, eggs and vanilla. Slowly beat the buttermilk mixture into the dry ingredients until just incorporated, then slowly beat in the hot coffee until fully incorporated.

3. Pour the batter into the prepared pans. Bake for 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of each cake comes out clean. Let the cakes cool in the pans for 30 minutes, then invert the cakes onto a rack to cool completely. Peel off the parchment paper.

4. MAKE THE FROSTING: In a microwave-safe bowl, heat the chocolate at high power in 30-second intervals, stirring, until most of the chocolate is melted. Stir until completely melted, then set aside to cool to room temperature.

5. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle, beat the butter at medium speed until pale and fluffy. Add the egg yolk and vanilla and beat for 1 minute, scraping down the side of the bowl. At low speed, slowly beat in the confectioners’ sugar, about 1 minute. In a small bowl, dissolve the instant coffee in 2 teaspoons of hot water. Slowly beat the coffee and the cooled chocolate into the butter mixture until just combined.

6. Set a cake layer on a plate with the flat side facing up. Evenly spread one-third of the frosting over the cake to the edge. Top with the second cake layer, rounded side up. Spread the remaining frosting over the top and side of the cake. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before slicing.

6 comments

lisaiscooking said...

This cake is fantastic! I've made this recipe before, but I made it into cupcakes. It's probably the best chocolate cake I've ever made.

Nurit from "1 Family. Friendly. Food." said...

I love Ina's recipes. But this cake, not so much. I made it for a birthday and thought it just OK. I'm not a buttercream fan either, so I made it for the first time, and this recipe didn't make me change my mind. But give me choclotae sauce/ganache... Very very nice photo though!!!!

Tarah at Genesis of a Cook said...

Can't beat classics ;]

Beautiful photo!

Zach @ The Bitten Word said...

I LOVE this cake! As you say, it's basic but such a classic!

Danny said...

Thanks everyone!

justice said...

I like this prestigious colorful with small leaf attracts me a lot.

justice
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