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March 6, 2011

Super Chocolatey Chocolate Cake

What?! A grilling food blog with a chocolate cake recipe? Yup. That should tell you just how special this recipe is. It is by far my favorite chocolate cake recipe and it complements a steak or barbecue dinner perfectly. Here goes:

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 30 min
Total time: 1 hour
Yield: 1 9" cake(8 servings)

homemade chocolate cake recipe

Ingredients for the cake:

2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups cake flour
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp baking soda
1 cup coffee, really hot
4 oz unsweetened baking chocolate, finely chopped
2 eggs, at room temperature
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup sour cream, at room temperature
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Ingredients for the frosting:

1 cup heavy cream
1 stick unsalted butter
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 lb (16 oz) semisweet chocolate chip morsels
1/4 cup coffee
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Let's start with the frosting because it needs to sit for a couple of hours to be at the best consistency. Heat the heavy cream, stick of butter, sugar, and salt in a medium heat saucepan until the butter melts.

melting butter and cream

Once the butter melts pour in the chocolate chips and turn the heat down to low while stirring constantly.

melting chocolate

After the mixture is relatively smooth add in the 1/4 cup of coffee and vanilla extract.

cake picture

Transfer this mixture to a bowl to cool for about 1-2 hours at room temperature. You can stir this mixture occasionally but try not to over stir it. This frosting will look extremely runny but don't fret. It will solidify to a nice gooey amazing chocolatey frosting that will spread quite easily.

gooey chocolate frosting

Now for the cake. Sift together the sugar, cake flour, salt and baking soda into a bowl.

sifting flour and salt

Chop up that chocolate as fine as you can get it and then in a bowl pour the 1 cup of really hot coffee over top of it to melt it.

chopping chocolate

In a separate bowl whisk together the eggs and vegetable oil.

whisking eggs and oil

Add the sour cream, vanilla extract, and coffee-chocolate mixture. Stir well.

chocolate mixture

Now stir this chocolatey liquid mixture into the sifted dry ingredients by thirds, stirring really well after each addition. It is important to only add a third of the liquid to the dry, then stir, then another third of the liquid to the dry, then stir, and then again so the mixture is the right consistency. The photo below shows just how wet the mixture should look when finally mixed together.

wet cake

Divide the cake mixture evenly between two cake pans. Notice how I've lined mine with parchment paper and non-stick spray. After the mixture is in the pans drop the pans onto the counter top from a height of about 3 inches. This helps get any air bubbles out of the cake.

cake pic

Bake for 30-40 minutes until a toothpick can cleanly come out of the center.

cake mixture in a pan

Oh does that smell great! Now turn the cakes out onto a drying rack until cool (about 1 hour or a little less if you are really excited).

Once cooled start spreading the frosting on the top of the first layer, which will be the middle of the cake.

spreading frosting on cake

Then spread it on the top!

spreading frosting on cake

Don't forget to put the frosting on the sides! There you have it - an awesome super chocolatey cake.

spreading frosting on cake

All you need now is a HUGE glass of milk!

chocolate cake recipe and milk

chocolate cake recipe and milk

Oh man!

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