Monday, March 12, 2012

Basic Chocolate Cake

Over spring break my roommate came to visit me down on vacation island. Her birthday a couple days before so what better excuse to make a cake! She LOVES chocolate so I decided to make a triple chocolate cake. Chocolate cake, chocolate frosting, covered in .... chocolate.

This chocolate cake recipe is my go to. It isn't the best recipe I've ever made but it is a. easy and b. only uses one bowl. It is also super easy to adapt and add different flavors to make different kinds of cake. The best part is it is really hard to mess up. You pretty much stick all ingredients in a bowl and mix. 

One-Bowl Chocolate Cake
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk***
  • 3 tablespoons safflower oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease three 9" cake pans. (This is how I made the cake above but the recipe is also perfect for cupcakes)
2. Mix together all the dry ingredients. Add the wet and mix until completely combined.
3. Divide batter between the three cake pans. Bake for 10 minutes, rotate the pans then bake for another 10-15 minutes depending on your oven.
4. Remove from oven at let cool COMPLETELY on wire racks before decorating.

Chocolate Buttercream
2 sticks (1 cup) butter
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup melted chocolate

1. Beat butter until soft. Add sugar a little at a time until frosting reaches the desired consistency.
2. Add in the chocolate and beat until combined. If frost becomes to thick add a splash of milk.
Before Chocolate
After Chocolate

Chocolate Ganache (Topping)
1 cup of heavy cream
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
2 cups chocolate chips

1. Bring cream and syrup to a simmer on a low heat. Pour cream hot cream mixture over chocolate chips in a heat proof bowl. Let the chocolate chips melt for about a minute, then whisk the mixture together until smooth.

Putting it all together..coming soon

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