9.24.2013

This cake is no joke!

When I asked Sean what type of cake he wanted for his birthday, he said chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and I said, "done!" Although I have to admit I was a bit shocked because his usual flavor combination request is peanut butter and chocolate but hey the man requested so I had to oblige. This then meant finding the best recipe for chocolate cake and chocolate frosting, no easy feat I tell you. I looked through pinterest, did a search for best chocolate cake and the photos didn't make me salivate, rather it left me feeling so uninspired. How does that happen with Pinterest? I did manage to find two great recipes and I am not gonna lie both of these recipes will require some patience and time but the results are TOTALLY worth it. Stick with these recipes people and you won't go wrong. My issue when I have both chocolate cake and chocolate frosting is the sweetness factor, the combination was get really sweet really fast. I didn't want a dense chocolate frosting but a buttercream that was lighter and didn't leave me craving a glass of milk to take the edge off the sweetness.

To make the cake, first gather together your ingredients. 
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, 2 cups sugar, 3/4 cup good cocoa powder (I used Dutch cocoa), 2 teaspoons baking soda, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 cup buttermilk, 1/2 cup vegetable oil, 2 eggs room temperature, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee.

For the buttercream, you need:
16 ounces bittersweet chocolate, 12 ounce semisweet chocolate, 3/4 cup egg whites (4-5 egg whites, room temperature), 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar, 1 1/2 pound butter, room temperature, 3 teaspoons vanilla extract, 3 teaspoons espresso powder dissolved in 1 1/2 teaspoon water. (I told you this recipe is no joke, feel free to half this buttercream recipe if desired, it makes plenty!)

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Prepare your two 8 inch round cake pans, I greased the bottom of the pans with butter then laid parchment paper on top greased the paper then floured the pans (because it is a chocolate cake I am making I used cocoa powder instead of flour, just a hint!)

In your mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, sugar and cocoa powder.

Mix these dry ingredients gently. In another bowl, combine and mix the buttermilk, eggs, oil and vanilla extract.


Turn your mixer onto low and pour the wet ingredients on the side of the mixing bowl into the dry ingredients.


Once all the ingredients are full incorporated, slowly add in the coffee.


Scrap the bottom and sides of the bowl to make sure the ingredients are completely mixed. Divide the batter between two pans and then bake for 35-40 minutes.
(I set my timer for 35 minutes and checked my cakes at 9 minutes til and they were done, just knew your oven). Your cakes are done when a toothpick stuck in the center comes out clean. Remove the cakes and let them cool completely in the pan or in a rack before you frost them.

To make the frosting, chop up all the chocolate and in a double boiler or in a metal bowl placed over a sauce pan filled with some water, melt the chocolate completely then remove and let it cool to room temperature.



In your mixing bowl, gently mix the egg whites, sugar and cream of tartar.


Add these ingredients to another metal bowl and heat them up over a sauce pan with water, just like you did to melt the chocolate. Heat up and stir the egg white mixture for about 5 minutes or until warm to the touch. You will cook the sugar granules during this process.

After the mixture is warm, return it to your mixing bowl and whip them up for about 5 minutes or until stiff peaks form.



After stiff peaks have formed, add the butter one tablespoon at a time to your meringue.

I'm not kidding about the butter being room temperature too, if it isn't room temperature set the butter aside until it is, trust me! After all of the butter has been added to your meringue, pour the cooled chocolate into the meringue along the side of the bowl.

Lastly, add in the espresso and vanilla extract. Then whip to thoroughly combine all the ingredients. If the buttercream is a bit runny, let it cool a bit before trying mixing a bit more.
Then frost your cake and serve, eat and enjoy!


21 comments:

birdie to be said...

This looks and sounds absolutely amazing! So moist and I love the addition of espresso!

whit | Black Little Button blog said...

yummmmmmmmmmmmm
-whit

P!nky said...

looks delicious

Carly said...

Oh YUM!

Carly
www.lipglossandcrayons.com

Meggan Morehead said...

Oh wow...looks delish!!! xo

http://www.somewherelately.com/

Lauren said...

this looks delicious! yummy!

Ashley R said...

Wow, I am impressed!! This looks amazing, good job!

Pamela said...

yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!

brooke lyn said...

will you come make me a birthday cake please? even if it's not my birthday.

Always Maylee said...

My goodness that cake looks delicious and amazing!

xo, Yi-chia
Always Maylee

Faith said...

omg! i want it right now! it looks amazing

Jane Y. said...

wow. my sweet tooth was screaming the entire time i was reading this post. the cake is epic!

awhite said...

Yummy!

Your guy is a peanut butter guy, too? I swear, I could put a candle in a jar of Jif and give it to Lance as his birthday cake and he'd be like, 'THANKS BABE!' Haha, PB is a food group for him. :)

-Ashley
http://lestylorouge.com

Lindsey Louise Bales said...

oh, this cake is making me want to get in my kitchen and bake! yum!

lindsey louise

hellomrrabbitblog.com

Kasey Lynne said...

Any leftovers?? ;)

Sarah said...

Nothing beats a delicious chocolate cake!

picklesandchapstick said...

This looks delish!! You're making me crave cake right now!

xo
Rachel

Krystal said...

my mouth is watering, that looks delicious!

Bri Buzali said...

That cake looks SO GOOD! Can't wait to try making it!

Simply Camylla said...

Um... my mouth is literally hanging open. I totally regret seeing this before having lunch. But I'm running to the store right after work and getting me some ingredients to make this mouth watering chocolate cake. It's so ON!


Ox, Camylla
www.simplycamylla.blogspot.com

Val said...

This cake is drool worthy! Looks amazingly good.