Ad

3.20.2014

Double Chocolate Layer Cake with Instant Fudge Frosting


Who are these geniuses that say food isn’t love?
I’d argue that a double chocolate layer cake smeared with fudgy frosting, dotted with dozens of milk chocolate nonpareils, and presented to someone’s mom on her birthday is the epitome of love.


See, I happen to have a mom who dreams of chocolate and adores nonpareils.  This mom happened to have a birthday recently.  This birthday happened to be a big one.  This big one we won’t talk about.

This is me not talking about it.

(But, Mom, I will say this: scientific research overwhelmingly shows that the more birthdays you have the longer you will live.  Those are some good stats right there.)


Sometimes we just have to suck it up and do things we don’t wanna.  Like have a birthday and let those closest to us acknowledge it with fudgy chocolate cake, a few tasteless Hallmark cards that may or may not involve butt cracks, some embarrassing photos, and lots of hugs.  That’s life, afterall.

This cake (this CAKE!) does the birthday job quite nicely.  In my opinion, the ultimate chocolate cake is one that not only tastes rich and moist (ßsorry/not sorry), but also comes together with a relatively low amount of steps and without beating a novice baker into too much of a pulp.  By smashing together Ina Garten’s cake recipe with Deb from Smitten Kitchen’s frosting recipe (not literally, you guys.  Although, phew, major siren song.), and adding a few little modifications of my own, I made you the chocolatey-est of all chocolatey chocolate cakes in chocolate history of chocolate.

Because of a certain birthday girl’s affinity for chocolate nonpareils I went a little crazy with those puppies, but guess what?  This fudgy frosting allows you to stick into it whatever you darn well choose, so make this cake your own!

By the way, did you know that “nonpareil” is French for “having no match or equal?”  Is there a more perfect chocolate treat to describe my Momma, or what?  And I’m totally not just saying that because my birthday is coming up.


Double Chocolate Layer Cake
with
Instant Fudge Frosting
Adapted from recipes by Ina Garten and Smitten Kitchen
Serves 12
 
Ingredients:

 
Cake
1 3/4 c all-purpose flour
2 c sugar
3/4 c unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp kosher salt
1 c buttermilk, shaken
1/2 c vegetable oil
2 large eggs at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 c freshly brewed hot coffee
Milk chocolate nonpareils or decorations of choice
 
Frosting
3 oz unsweetened Baker's chocolate, melted
3 c powdered sugar
12 tbs unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks), softened
3 tbs half-and-half
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt
 
Preparation:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Spray 2 9-inch-round baking pans heavily with cooking spray, and use a paper towel to rub the spray up the sides and all over the bottom of the pans.  Set aside.
 
Sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.  Mix on low speed until combined.  In another bowl, combine the buttermilk, oil, eggs, and vanilla.  With the mixer on low, slowly add the wet ingredients to the mixer.  Slowly pour in the coffee, and mix just until combined, scraping the bottom and sides of the mixer with a rubber spatula.
 
Pour the batter evenly into the prepared baking pans, and bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Cool in the pans for 30 minutes, then turn the cakes out onto wire racks and cool completely.
 
While the cake is cooling, prepare the frosting.  Add the melted chocolate, powdered sugar, butter, half-and-half, vanilla, and salt into the bowl of a food processor, and pulse until well-combined.  If you don't like the consistency, add more sugar or half-and-half as desired and continue to pulse.
 
To frost, place 1 layer flat-side-up on a flat plate or cake pedestal.  Using a knife or offset spatula, spread the top with 1/3 of the frosting.  Place the second cake layer on top, round-side-up, and spread the rest of the frosting evenly over the top and on the sides of the cake.  Decorate as desired!

1 comment:

Joanne said...

Hey there cake of gorgeous decadence!! What a lucky momma you have! I'm sure she will reward you accordingly on your upcoming birthday. :P

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...