The Best Chocolate Cake

I made this cake for the first time yesterday and it came out really moist and delicious. I used coffee instead of water as suggested and I cooked the cake in 2 pans and cut each cake into 2 layers. I used whipped ganache with rum as filling and i decorated the cake with fresh berries. It was a huge success! Moist and elegant, yet a bit homey! A winning combination. I made no alterations, none were needed! Here IS a tip, though: Use a simple frosting. 

The cake is rich enough by its self. I used a mocha frosting. Delicious, if you don't mind the fact you probably won't be able to hold down a big piece! Wow Wow!! This cake is awesome! I bake just about every day and have tried dozens of chocolate cake recipes. This cake is easy to put together, has deep chocolate flavor, is moist and is just sweet enough. This was perfect. 

I used a dark chocolate glaze on top, and it was so delicious! Very chocolatey and moist and not overly sweet which makes it great for frosting and filling! I made this cake for my husband’s birthday and he said it was the best chocolate cake he’s ever had. I made a semi-sweet chocolate mousse for the filling and covered the whole thing with a bittersweet ganache. The only thing I did different from the recipe was dividing it into two cakes so I would have two thick layers and with a little extra cooking time they turned out beautifully.



For Chocolate Cake:
1½ cup all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
½ cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 eggs
½ cup butter on room temperature
1 cup milk
1 cup black coffee
½ cup vegetable oil
½ teaspoon salt 

For Frosting:
½ cup unsalted butter
2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 cup chocolate chips

For Chocolate Cake:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Butter and flour 2 (8 inch) round cake pans and set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine all-purpose flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  4. In the bowl of your mixer, beat butter and sugar, on medium speed for two minutes, until light and fluffy, add eggs one at a time, beating and scraping the sides of the bowl after each, add milk, black coffee and oil and mix until smooth.
  5. Slowly add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients with the mixer on low
  6. Spoon batter evenly into prepared pans and bake 10-15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

For Frosting:
  1. In a medium bowl, combine butter powdered sugar, vanilla and beat until light and fluffy
  2. Add heavy whipping cream and beat about 5 minutes
  3. Add the melted chocolate chips and beat on medium speed until smooth.
  4. Place 1 layer on your cake stand, evenly cover the top with frosting
  5. Top with 2nd layer and top with frosting and spread the frosting around the sides evenly.
  6. Decorate as you wish

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