Chocolate Cake with a Buttercream Chocolate Frosting

Over the weekend I wanted to make a great dinner and a nice dessert to go with it.  So I decided to make this delectable Chocolate Cake with a Buttercream Chocolate Frosting.  Best decision ever.  Hubby and I were extremely happy.

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The cake is soft and the chocolate comes through very  nice, the frosting is creamy and not extremely sweet.  Cold milk, it is!

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I used a 10 inch pan and the cake took about 1 hour 30 minutes.  Too long, I suggest 2-8 inch pans and frost  on top and middle, it will still be delicious.

Ingredients

1-1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pans
1 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 cup boiling water
1 cup sour cream
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
2-1/4 granulated sugar
4 large eggs
1 tbsp plus 1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  I MADE THIS CAKE IN JUST ONE BAKING PAN, AND IT TOOK A LONG TIME TO BAKE.  I suggest you make it in two separate pans, perhaps 2-8 inch round.  Much easier and they will bake in about 45-50 minutes.

Butter and line the pans with parchment paper.  Dust pans wit cocoa, tapping out excess.  Whisk boiling water into cocoa in a medium bowl until smooth.  Whisk in sour cream.  In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat  butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, 3-5 minutes.  Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until incorporated after each.  Reduce mixer speed to low.  Add flour mixture in 3 batches, alternating with two batches of cocoa mixture, beat until combined, beat in vanilla.

With a serrated knife, trim tops of cakes to level, if desire.  Place bottom layer on a cake stand platter, and spread evenly with about 1 cup frosting.  Stack second layer on top, use an offset spatula to swirl remaining frosting over top of cake.

Buttercream Frosting  Ingredients

1 stick of unsalted butter, room temperature
4 tbsp of Crisco shortening
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp of water, more if needed
4 cups of confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa

Beat butter and shortening until creamy and fluffy, add vanilla. Start adding the confectioners’ sugar and mixing well.  add the cocoa and the water.  Beat until nice and creamy and easy to spread on cake.  Beat for at least 3-4 minutes on medium-high.

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White and Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies

I was craving some good homemade cookies. I looked in my pantry to see if I had all of the ingredients to make these delicious White and Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies, and I did.  This is my go to recipe when I’m craving chocolate chip cookies.  I decided to add some white chocolate to give it a twist.

I highly recommend making cookies from scratch at home, you can really taste the difference.  I find that the cookies you buy at the supermarket are way too sweet.  These cookies are perfect right out of the oven with a nice cold glass of milk….these are the best!!

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Rocky Road Brownie Squares

Craving chocolate, and must satisfy the craving, that’s what I believe.  Brownies are really simple to make and you can be really creative with it.  I decided to make this great recipe in found in one of my cooking books, Favorite Brand Name Bake Sale Cookbook.  These Rocky Road Brownie Squares are just the perfect treat when craving something chocolaty.

Rocky Road is the ice cream I usually buy and having all of the toppings on a brownie, it’s just perfect.

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Fudgy Chocolate Brownies

These decadent Fudgy Chocolate Brownies are to die for. I have never met anyone that doesn’t like chocolate. I find that chocolate makes everything better, at least for me it does. These fudgy brownies can be topped with pecans, walnuts, chocolate ganache or just a big scoop of ice cream or a glass of milk.

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Chocolate Covered Strawberries

These Chocolate Covered Strawberries are great for any special celebration.  Make these for your significant other on Valentine’s Day, which is only a couple of days away.  Valentine’s Day is all about love and chocolate.

Open up a bottle of dessert wine like a Moscato to go with the strawberries and enjoy.  I promise you, they will all be gone before you know it.


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Sinful Layer Chocolate Cake

Why go out and buy a chocolate cake when you can just make it at home.  This Sinful Layer Chocolate Cake is just that, sinful.  This cake is moist and delicious and perfect for any celebration. 

Making a dinner for your significant other for Valentine’s Day?  Why not bake this wonderful cake, they are going to be impress.  As you know Valentine’s Day is all about chocolate and this cake is just perfect for the occasion.

Another reason to make this cake today is because today is National Chocolate Cake Day.  


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Chocolate Whoopie Pies

Where do I start…I had been looking at this recipe for a while now.  Initially, I wanted to make pumpkin whoopie pies, but since I have not made anything with chocolate lately, I decided to make these instead.   These Chocolate Whoopie Pies are soft and rich in chocolate, the cream filling is not extremely sweet, but it’s creamy and simply delicious.  

I sat down right after taking these pictures and ate the three little pies you see on the picture and had a whole glass of milk.  This was a perfect dessert on a cold afternoon.  I couldn’t wait until after dinner.  Being that they are small, you can eat a few and not feel guilty about it..at least I didn’t.

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NY Cheesecake with Chocolate Ganache

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I have used raspberry and strawberry jam and even dulce de leche, by mixing in after you have prepared the batter.  Poor half of the batter in the the baking pan then add the flavor you want using a spoon.  Add as much as you want then add the other half and mix some on top of the cheesecake too.

Brownies with Chocolate Ganache

I’m not sure who in the world does not like chocolate. I love anything that has chocolate in it..from cookies, cakes, pies and cheesecakes.  Today I want to show you how to make the perfect brownie.  This recipe is really easy to make and so delicious. Don’t forget to get some vanilla ice cream to go with it.

 Brownie Ingredients

3/4 cup Flour
1/4 tsp Baking soda
1/4 tsp Salt
1/3 cup Butter
1/2 cup Sugar
2 tbsp Water
12 oz Chocolate chips; semi-sweet
1 tsp Vanilla
2 Eggs

Chocolate Ganache Ingredients

8 oz semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, at room temperature

Brownie Instructions:

Preheat oven 350 Degrees F. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.  In microwave-safe mixing bowl, combine butter, sugar and water. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring after 1 minute. Remove from microwave.  Add 1 cup chocolate chips and vanilla and stir until smooth and chips are melted.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Blend in flour mixture and stir in remaining chocolate chips.

Pour into a greased 8 or 9 inch pan and bake in oven for about 25-30 minutes. Insert a toothpick to make sure it comes out clean before taking out.

    Chocolate Ganache Instruction:

      Place chocolate in a medium heatproof bowl; set aside.  Place cream in a small saucepan over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Pour over chocolate and let stand until chocolate has softened, about 5 minutes.
      Add butter and stir until smooth. Pour over Brownie…Enjoy with some vanilla ice cream!