best chocolate cake

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this chocolate cake is stupid good.

sadly, i cant take credit for it. darn you ina garten.

the only thing i changed was that i used coffee that we use at the coffee shop i manage (which is deliciouss).

here is the recipe. bake this...but make sure you make a mini cake for yourself because their wont be leftovers to take home after the party. i guarantee it.

eat your hearts our babes. -sky

 

best chocolate cake

makes two 8inch cakes

1 3/4 cups all purpose flour

2 cups sugar

3/4 cups good cocoa powder

2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1 c buttermilk

1/2 c vegetable oil

2 eggs room temperature

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 c hot coffee (i used a house blend from castle coffee roasters)

steps:

preheat oven to 350

prep two 8 inch cake pans, greased + lined w/ parchment

combine & sift dry ingredients

combine wet in separate bowl

add wet to dry

add hot coffee, do not over mix

pour equally into both 8 inch cake pans

bake for 30-35 minutes, let cool

 

chocolate frosting

makes two cups frosting

6 oz good semisweet chocolate

1/2 pound room temperature unsalted butter

1 room temperature egg yolk

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 1/4 c sifted powder sugar

1 tbsp finely ground espresso dissolved in 2 tsp hot water

steps:

melt chocolate, set aside until room temperature

beat butter on medium speed 3 minutes

add yolk + vanilla 3 minutes

add p sugar on low

scrape bowl!

add espresso mixture + chocolate

mix until blended but do not whip

 

frost as desired.

i like to spread a layer of frosting on one of the cakes acting as the filling, then stacking the other 8 inch on top. i cover the outside of both cakes with a thin layer of frosting acting as a crumb coat. then my favorite part is to top with chocolate ganache. which is equal parts heated heavy cream and chocolate combined. pour generously over the cake and serve. YUM!