Friday, April 10, 2009

Yummiest Chocolate Cake Ever

The is from my Tagfoot and Squidoo friend Pastiche. You can find this recipe and the story behind it on her lens Yummiest Chocolate Cake Ever
Hattie's Chocolate Cake
Ingredients for Hattie's Chocolate Cake
1/2 C. butter, softened
1/2 C sugar
2 eggs
3/4 C. baking cocoa
2 C. flour
pinch of salt
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 C. milk
1 C. strong coffee, cooled
1 tsp. vanilla

Chocolate Cake Instructions
How to Mix and Bake a Perfect Chocolate Cake
Sift dry ingredients together; set aside.

Cream butter and sugar until fluffy; beat in eggs 1 at a time.

Add sifted dry ingredients alternately with milk, beat gently until combined.

Add coffee and vanilla and stir until well blended.

Bake in 2 greased and floured cake pans at 350 degrees F until cake tests done with a toothpick in the center (start testing after about 20 minutes baking time).

Cool and remove layers from pans. Complete cooling on cake racks.
Fudgey Dark Chocolate Icing
Deep dark brown chocolate, moist and delicious frosting
1/2 C. butter (1 stick) melted
1 box (2 C.) confectioner's sugar
2 Tbl. Cocoa (+/- to suit your chocolate desire)
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. milk

Melt butter in saucepan; remove from heat and stir in sugar and cocoa, then vanilla and milk.
Stir until glossy and thick. Cool slightly and spread on cake.
Variations on Chocolate Cake
It's hard to improve on a perfect chocolate cake ... unless you add whipped cream
1. Substitute butter cream frosting for chocolate icing, and decorate cake top with chocolate curls or sprinkles.

2. Split layers into two thinner layers each after cake is thoroughly cooled. Spread sweetened whipped cream filling between all the layers, then frost sides and top with butter cream frosting or chocolate icing.

3. If using whipped cream filling, add 1 tsp mint extract while whipping. Chocolate mint delight - yum.

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