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Chocolate Layer Cake with Chocolate Frosting

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Servings: 10-12
 
Comments:
Wow! That's all I can say. This is the best chocolate cake to make for a birthday or other special celebrations. A real treat for those chocolate lover's out there.

Ingredients:
For the Cake:
1/2 cup (1 stick/4 oz./113g) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup water
4 oz. unsweetened chocolate, chopped
2 tsp. espresso powder
1 3/4 cups pastry flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup sour cream

For the Chocolate Frosting:
2 cups (4 sticks/16 oz./450g) unsalted butter, room temperature
12 oz. bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped, melted and cooled to room temperature
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. salt
2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted

Instructions:
For the Cake:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F/180 degrees C. Butter and flour 2 (9-inch) cake pans.

2. Cream butter and sugars together until fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla.

3. In a small pan stir water, chocolate and espresso powder over low heat until melted. Allow to cool slightly before beating into butter mixture.

4. Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt and stir into batter alternately with sour cream. Divide evenly between the 2 pans and bake for 25-35 minutes, until a tester inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

5. Allow to cool 15 minutes in the pans, then turn cakes out onto a plate to cool completely.

For the Chocolate Frosting:

1. Beat butter on high speed, scraping sides frequently, until light and fluffy. Add melted chocolate and mix in.

2. Add vanilla, salt and confectioners' sugar and beat until smooth.

To Assemble:

1. To frost the cake top one layer with frosting and spread. Place second cake layer on top. Frost the top of the cake and finish with the sides. Chill cake to set. Cake is best stored at room temperature once set.

Date: January 30, 2007

Reviews

Reviewer: brenda
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it was good!

 
Reviewer: Renee
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This is a very tasty chocolate cake. This will satisfy your chocoholic within! Enjoy!

 
Reviewer: Joyce
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Very tasty and texture is soft. The Choco Frosting tasted like Ice-cream. However, I think if I follow the full recipe, the cake will be too sweet for me. Hence, I reduced the sugar. The Chocolate frosting is far too much to spread and cover the whole cake.

 
Reviewer: Freeman K. Chikonzo
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Lovely cake but there was way too much frosting. I baked four cakes and there was enough frosting for the two layered cakes.

 
Reviewer: wilson
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I haven't baked a cake in over 10 years and this came out perfect. Everyone loved it. - Thanks

 
Reviewer: Sandra C
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This is almost as easy as a boxed mix but tastes 100 times better. Icing is a little too sweet though.

 
Reviewer: Monica
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Cake was easy to make and tasted good. This is the second time I make it, and I made it exactly as the recipe calls. I feel the cake itself is a bit too dense and too rich. This will definitely satisfy a chocolate addict. I like chocolate, but tend to stay away from dark or very rich treats. I used Nestlé cocoa powder and a baker's brand chopped chocolate. I think the powder really overpowered and I will probably switch brands for future use. Overall, good cake, but I will continue my search for the "perfect" recipe.

 

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