Perfect Chocolate Cake
1 cup cocoa, unsweetened
2 cups boiling water
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup butter
2 1/2 cups sugar
6 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate
1 cup butter
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup powdered sugar
Preheat the oven to 350F. Butter and flour three 9-inch round cake pans.
Combine the cocoa with boiling water, stirring until smooth. Cool completely. Sift together the dry ingredients. In a large bowl, beat together butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients alternately with the cocoa mixture to the creamed mixture. Do not overmix. Blend just enough to moisten the dry ingredients.
While the cake is cooling, prepare the frosting. In a medium saucepan, melt the unsweetened baking chocolate and butter. Stir in the cream until smooth. Remove the pan from the stove and place it in a large bowl filled with ice. Using a whisk or electric mixer, beat in the powdered sugar until the frosting holds a stiff shape. Chill. Whip all the filling ingredients together until stiff. Chill.
Plan to serve the cake soon after completion or provide a large space in the refrigerator to keep it cool until it is served.
You can also frost with a frosting of your choice.
12.0 servings- makes a 3-layer 9-inch cake
Wednesday, January 27, 2010 - 9:22am