My daughter just turned 13. If you are counting, and we for sure are…that makes THREE teenagers and one pre-teen all under one roof. Things are getting interesting over here! I need chocolate…lots and lots of chocolate. It’s a good thing my daughter LOVES chocolate too. She requested a Chocolate Layer Cake for her birthday…and boy did this one deliver!
This is our very favorite Chocolate Cake Recipe. This cake is so delicious. It has a great Chocolate-y taste and is so moist. I really don’t love the word “moist” but I have no other word to describe it. The frosting is also really tasty too. It has a great flavor and isn’t too sweet. Now, personally, I am not a big frosting fan. I prefer a little bit of frosting to cake ratio. But my daughter requested LOTS of frosting…so I tried to deliver.
Chocolate Layer Cake
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup cocoa powder
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 large eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup boiling water
1 1/4 cups butter
1 1/4 cups shortening
9 cups powdered sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup cocoa powder
4-5 tbsp milk
- Prepare three 8 inch cake pans with parchment paper circles in the bottom, and grease the sides.
- Add all dry ingredients to a large bowl and whisk together.
- Add eggs, buttermilk and vegetable oil to the dry ingredients and mix well.
- Add vanilla to boiling water and add to mixture. Mix well.
- Pour into three 8 inch cakes pans and bake at 300 degrees for about 30-33 minutes, or until a toothpick comes clean.
- Remove cakes from oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes, then remove to cooling racks to cool completely.
- Make icing while cakes cool.
- Beat together butter and shortening until smooth.
- Slowly add 4 cups of powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
- Add vanilla and 1-2 tbsp water or milk and mix until smooth.
- Add another 5 cups of powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
- Add cocoa and mix until smooth.
- Add milk until the right consistency.
- Place first layer of cake on cake plate. Spread about 3/4 cup of icing on top in an even layer.
- Add second layer of cake and add another 3/4 cup of icing on top in an even layer.
- Add final layer of cake on top and ice the outside of the cake.
- Finish of with sprinkles or other decoration.
For the cake bunting, I simply cut some little triangles out of some fun scrapbook paper and taped them onto a piece of baker’s twine which I then tied to some bamboo skewers. Simply stick into the cake!
This cake is so good, you might not want to wait for a special occasion to make it. I think I should have a slice every day…you know…to counteract having to live with THREE teenagers :).
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