Monday, April 9, 2012

chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream frosting

i finally did it! my first ever cake & frosting made from scratch. i have to admit that the whole baking process was nerve wracking. [i think any novice at baking will share my sentiment]. but practice makes perfect, so here goes my first attempt.

Chocolate Cake
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cups cocoa powder
  • 2 tsps baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup half & half
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee (1 tsp coffee w/ 1 cup water)
Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
  • 2 sticks of butter, room temperature  
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar 
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder 
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 5 tbsp half & half 

  • Instructions:
    1. in a bowl, mix flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
    2. in a separate bowl, mix half & half, oil, eggs & vanilla.
    3. add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. then pour the hot coffee. mix well.
    4. pour the batter equally in 2 round pans. bake in a preheated oven at 350F for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
    5. cream the butter & sugar for about 3 minutes until it is light & fluffy. slowly add the cocoa. add vanilla & half & half.
    6. completely cool the cake before frosting. 

    i got the original recipe from baked bree. i cut down the amount of sugar & made substitutions on some ingredients. i need more practice with frosting for sure. this is certainly a recipe keeper for me.

    overall, its a very moist cake. my hubby's family enjoyed it as well. i'm giving myself a good pat on the shoulder. i can't help but smile while eating the cake [because honestly, it was delicious].

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