AOk so I have tried SEVERAL chocolate cake recipes. I loved the one that was dubbed "Ultimate chocolate cupcake" I think, on glorious treats I want to say. It has been my favorite until now. Also, I don't like all the ingredients needed..melted chocolate, cocoa powder, sour cream ect. I like to keep it basic and Simple. I made this tonight paired with SavorySweetLifes chocolate buttercream which is always my go to chocolate frosting & it is heavenly. My only complaint was my cakes sunk in the middle just a tad. Other than that, I ate 2 big slices! Oh my. It's that good. I used Valrhona cocoa powder in mine.
The Best Chocolate Cake October 11th, 2011YIELD: 8 servingsPREP TIME: 25 minutesCOOK TIME: 35 minutes INGREDIENTS: 2 cups sugar 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 2 tablespoons King Arthur Flour Black Cocoa, optional 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon kosher salt 2 eggs 1 cup buttermilk 1 cup strong black coffee (I used Green Mountain Coffee’s Vermont Country Blend) 1/2 cup vegetable oil 2 teaspoons vanilla extract DIRECTIONS: 1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans or one 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Set aside. 2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment or in a large bowl with an electric mixer, combine the sugar, flour, cocoa(s), baking soda, baking powder and salt. Mix on low until dry ingredients are thoroughly combined. Add eggs, buttermilk, coffee, oil and vanilla. Beat on medium speed for about two minutes; the batter will be thin. Pour batter evenly into prepared pans. 3. Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes for round pans, 35 to 40 minutes for rectangular pan or until wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely. 4. Frost as desired. I used a simple and delicious Chocolate Buttercream Frosting from Savory Sweet Life. One batch was perfect for this layered chocolate cake.
NOTES: - The Black Cocoa from King Arthur Flour is optional - it simply provides a great depth of flavor and color to the chocolate cake. - This cake also pairs beautifully with a simple chocolate ganache.
Wow, thanks for sharing, I got about a cup of Black cocoa left
Thanks, I love it when people find a great recipe and share it!
I have never heard of black cocoa. I did buy a Hershey's cocoa that was labeled as "special dark" which was a blend of natural and dutched cocoas. Would that be the same as black cocoa?
It is soooo dark, I don't know how dark Hershey's is but this one is (Oreo cookie) black. You have to careful with it it's very strong. A little goes a long way.
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AI honestly didn't use it. I think I added just a spoonful of the regular Dutch process cocoa powder I had. The Valrhona Cocoa powder I used have it a deep dark color. Not as black as the KA would give. Hershey's special dark should give you a very deep dark cake as well! I've used it before and the cake was almost black. Here's a slice of mine, I think it's dark.
Your recipe is great and easy.
I love the chocolate flavor cake.
Thanks for sharing this recipe.