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Sunday Best Chocolate Cake

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Servings: 16
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2/3 cup canola oil
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 cups boiling water
Chocolate Frosting (see recipe below)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9 x 13-inch rectangular cake pan.

2. In a large bowl, beat sugar, canola oil, eggs and vanilla for 4 minutes.

3. Sift together flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

4. Add flour mixture alternately with boiling water to the sugar mixture. Beat well after each addition.

5. Pour into prepared 9 x 13 inch (22 x 34 cm) cake pan. Bake 40 minutes, or until cake springs back to the touch. Let cake cool completely before frosting.

Chocolate Frosting
4 oz. bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
2 oz. unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped
16 tbsp. (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
3 tbsp. light corn syrup
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Pinch of salt

In the top pan of a double boiler, combine the bittersweet and unsweetened chocolates. Set the pan over but not touching barely simmering water in the bottom pan and stir until melted. Let cool slightly. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the butter and confectioners’ sugar on medium speed until fluffy. Beat in the corn syrup, vanilla and salt. While beating, gradually add the chocolate and beat until smooth.

Thickly coat the cake with the frosting. Serve immediately or keep covered at room temperature until ready to serve.

Makes about 3 cups frosting.

Source: DianasDesserts.com
Date: March 15, 2003


Reviewer: doughgirl
This is the best cake ever! It baked up light, fluffy, moist and had a wonderful deep chocolate taste. I baked half of it as cupcakes and they were gone in a flash! They had beautiful high domes, they looked professional and tasted like it too!

Reviewer: AussieIngrid
My boys aged 8 and 4 loved this cake. They kept raving about how 'chocolatey" it was. To me, it had the texture of one of those bought supermarket cakes or pre-packaged cake mixes, which tasted strange to my senses. So, I guess in my house its one of those cakes 'for the kids'. My rating reflects my boys tastebuds.


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