>> Wednesday, March 18, 2009
I was first told about this incredible cake recipe from an online friend, Val. It is the best chocolate cake ever. No, seriously E.V.E.R. You will never want to eat a out of the box chocolate cake again, and this recipe is easy enough that you won't have to. So, follow along with me and let's make cake!
Gather your ingredients for the cake.
Preheat your oven to 350F. Grease and flour your pans. I used 2 heart shaped pans and then floured with cocoa since it's a chocolate cake. You can use any kind of pan or make cupcakes if you would like.
Stir together the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla.
Beat with your mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes. Feel free to use 2 of the same beaters. I broke one of mine at Christmas doing baking and haven't bothered to replace it yet. Secretly I'm holding out for a kitchenaid. ;) Back to the cake...
At this point pour in a cup of boiling water and stir. Stir it up good! It's going to get watery. You're going to think oh no, this isn't cake batter. Trust me, just go with it. It'll be so good you'll wonder what took you so long to make this cake.
Now, divide the batter up between your two pans or just dump it all in one big pan, whatever you fancy. Then slide it in the hot oven. I let mine bake for about 35-40 minutes. Check it with a tooth pick and you'll know when your cake is ready to come out of the oven.
When your cakes are finished baking, let them cool in the pans for about 10-15 minutes. Then transfer them to a wire rack to finish cooling. A little trick I use before I frost is this: After my cakes have cooled completely and just before I am ready to frost them, I put them in the freezer for a few minutes. You don't want to freeze them solid but doing this will really help reduce the crumbs in your frosting.
About that frosting, let's make some while our cakes are cooling.
Go ahead and gather these ingredients.
Melt your butter in a large bowl. Stir in the cocoa. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating to spreading consistency. Add small amount additional milk, if needed. Stir in vanilla.
Now frost your cake! Call your friends and family. Slice into it and I'm pretty sure you'll impress someone.
Chocolate Cake and Chocolate Frosting - Original recipe can be found here.
2 cups sugar
1-3/4 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup cocoa
1-1/2 tsp baking powder
1-1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two heart or round baking pans.
Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour batter into prepared pans.
Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely.
1/2 cup butter
2/3 cup cocoa
3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Melt butter. Stir in cocoa. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating to spreading consistency. Add small amount additional milk, if needed. Stir in vanilla.
Tomorrow check in for Rainbow Cake