Tuesday, June 19, 2012

favorite chocolate cake

I mentioned yesterday that I was inspired by this golf cake from Love & Olive Oil that I made it Father's Day. I just didn't use the same cake recipe.

{Cake recipe today, brownie pops tomorrow!}

I'm pretty sure I've mentioned this chocolate cake before. Like, when I made it for my mom's birthday and it collapsed after I frosted the entire thing. I've learned my lesson since then so no more broken cakes here! And that's a good thing because this is my family's favorite chocolate cake. It is actually the best chocolate cake we have ever had.

Seriously. It is that good.

Make this once and you will never need another chocolate cake recipe ever again. Trust me.

That Chocolate Cake
{recipe from The Essence of Chocolate}

2 cups granulated sugar
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cups unsweetened natural cocoa powder
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup canola oil
1 cup whole milk
1 cup boiling water {Yes, that's right. Boiling water.}

Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease bottom of cake pans with butter and flour. Line bottom of cake pan with parchment paper and butter and flour paper and sides of pan. I used three 9-inch cake pans and eliminated the parchment paper because I used Wilton Cake Release.

Combine all of the dry ingredients in your mixing bowl and mix with a paddle attachment on low speed.

Add in the wet ingredients - the lightly beaten eggs, canola oil, and whole milk. Mix on medium speed for two minutes.

While this is mixing, boil water. Add one cup and mix on low. 

Yes, this is strange. Yes, it will look weird. Yes, it will be like soup. No, you will not regret this.

Pour batter into pans and bake for 30-35 minutes. The cakes are done once a skewer comes out clean.

This cake comes with a frosting recipe but my parents and I also have a favorite chocolate buttercream recipe. I used that in between the layers and frosted the outside with this vanilla buttercream from Martha Stewart.

All three of these recipes are my go-tos. When I can't decide what to make for someone's birthday or holiday, I will end up making this cake with one of these frostings. Or both!



  1. That looks so delicious and I absolutely can't wait to give it a go!

    1. If you do, let me know! I'd love to hear if you liked it or not!


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