The Richer the Better: Chocolate Cake

August 5, 2017

Who doesn't absolutely LOVE chocolate cake?!  One that is rich, moist, soft, dark, and melts with every single bite that you take.... Are you hungry yet?  Chocolate cake is my personal favorite and I swear on the chocolate cake recipe that I use.

 

Something that makes this rich chocolate cake better than any other ordinary chocolate recipe is a couple of the ingredients that are used.  These two ingredients that you add to a chocolate cake recipe to make it better than ant other are black cocoa powder and coffee.

 

Using black coffee, or even instant coffee, in your recipe will enhance the flavor of the cocoa and really bring out that rich chocolate taste.  Don't worry, coffee in a chocolate cake recipe isn't necessarily going to bring any sort of mocha flavor to your cake, but simply just bring out the richness of all your flavors.  Using hot black coffee is also going to make your batter into a hot liquid consistency, which will develop a moister and softer cake after it is baked.

 

Using black cocoa powder is the other chocolate cake secret.  Black cocoa is a little bit bitter and obviously dark, similar to how dark chocolate tastes.  Using about 1/3 amount of black cocoa powder and 2/3 amount of regular, unsweetened cocoa powder is the way that I always go with my recipes.  Mixing both of the cocoas gives my cakes a rich flavor, but doesn't give it too much of the dark, bitter flavor, making it the perfect combination.

 

Now that I have made your mouth water with all of this chocolate cake talk, here is a recipe you can use.

 

Ingredients:
2 cups sugar
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 cup black cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup strong black coffee
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

 

Directions:

Heat oven to 350°F. Grease baking pans. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment or in a large bowl with an electric mixer, combine the sugar, flour, cocoas, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Mix on low until dry ingredients are thoroughly combined.
Add eggs, buttermilk, coffee, oil and vanilla. Beat on medium speed for about two minutes; the batter will be thin.
Pour batter evenly into prepared pans.
Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes for round pans, 35 to 40 minutes for rectangular pan or until wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Cool 10 minute. Remove cakes from pans to wire racks and allow them to cool completely.

 

Make some rich chocolate buttercream to ice your cake after they have completely cooled.

 

Even add some little extras to your rich chocolate cake by using a filling (raspberry, strawberry, coconut, caramel, etc.).

 

Use this recipe or try something of your own and comment below about how rich, delicious, and mouth-watering your chocolate cake turned out to be!

 

Happy baking!

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