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The Perfect Chocolate Cake

May 2013 CakeTEXT

 

Making a homemade cake can be a daunting task. The sort you whip up in your own kitchen tend to be dry. Or flat. Or not quite right in some form or another. Enough to that, I say. After blowing $30 on a lackluster storebought cake, I set out to find the perfect chocolate party cake that kids and adults would love. This recipe is just that! Perfectly easy to whip up. Tender and moist on the inside. Frosted with the most divine chocolate buttercream on the outside.

If you’re looking for a perfect party cake, give this gorgeous recipe and see if it doesn’t just make your party positively perfect!

 

 

May 2013 Cake1 SM

Perfect Chocolate Cake
3 1/2 sticks butter
3 c. brown sugar
6 eggs
5 squares unsweetened baking chocolate
1 Tbsp. olive oil
2 c. milk
1 tsp. baking powder
1 1/4 c. cocoa powder
2 3/4 c. flour
2 tablespooons pure vanilla
In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar and eggs until extremely fluffy (this step is CRUCIAL. Don’t skip it!). In a small bowl, microwave baking chocolate and olive oil just until melted (about 1 minute), stir, add to batter. Add remaining ingredients and whip until evenly incorporated but DO NOT MIX. Spoon batter evenly into four 8 or 9″ cake pans which have been GENEROUSLY coated with nonstick baking spray (the sort with flour added to it). Bake in an oven preheated to 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes, or just until the center of each cake springs back when touched lightly. Remove and cool slightly before turning out onto a cooling rack. Cool completely before frosting.

Light Chocolate Buttercream
4 sticks butter
2 pounds powdered sugar
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/4-1/3 cup milk
2 tablespoons pure vanilla
Beat all ingredients together until light and fluffy. Add an additional 1-2 cups of powdered sugar, if desired.

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