I’ve always been a cake person.
Don’t get me wrong – I definitely eat both cake and ice cream. But if given the choice, I will choose cake. Preferably extra rich and chocolatey, with a thick layer of frosting.
So on my birthday, I decided to treat myself to a little a lot of cake. The problem here is that I am not a very experienced cake maker.
In addition, I admit that I have little to no experience in successfully frosting a double layer cake.
But luckily, my frosting-loving taste buds coincide with my heavy-handed frosting abilities. So it was a Happy Birthday after all.
Completely unrelated to double chocolate cake (or maybe not, considering all those calories), I ran a half marathon this weekend!
That was fun.
Now I’m ready to eat another double chocolate cake. Extra frosting, please.
- 2 cups sugar
- 1¾ cups flour
- ¾ cup cocoa
- 1½ tsp baking powder
- 1½ tsp baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup buttermilk
- ½ cup butter, melted
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup hot coffee (or 1 cup boiling water)
- 2 sticks (1 cup) butter, room temperature
- 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (more to your tastes)
- ½ cup milk
- 2-3 cups of powdered sugar (more or less to achieve desired consistency)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease three round baking pans and set aside. In a large bowl, stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add eggs, buttermilk, melted butter and vanilla extract; beat 2 minutes on medium speed. Stir in hot coffee.
- Pour batter evenly between the three pans and bake on middle rack of oven for 30 to 35 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely on wire racks before frosting.
- Whip the room-temperature butter on medium speed. Shift to low and add cocoa powder slowly, spoonfuls at a time, until fully incorporated. Still on low, add in the powdered sugar (also one spoonful at a time), alternating with the milk, to achieve desired consistency and taste. Then, beat on medium speed until very light and fluffy, another 3-5 minutes. Add in more sugar if consistency is too thin.
It feels good to be able to run 13 miles. And it feels really good to eat chocolate cake.