Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Perfect Chocolate Cake


Hey guys!

Ok so you would be correct in thinking that we must be total cake nuts over here. We paint them...decorate with them...and heck, even our candles and some of my perfumes are of the sweet baked variety. A few years ago I was gifted a bunch things from Aaron. Lots of Williams Sonoma stuff. Like pink spatulas, dishtowels, and all those pink silicon goodies. All of those baking accessories seem ubiquitous now, but this was kinda when they first hit the market and WS was pretty much the only place to get them. 
One of my fave pink cakes stands was also a Valentine's gift and a chocolate candle as well! It's a bit of a let down that every chocolate candle that I've come across since then has been less than stellar. They all smell very fake...headache inducing really. But that chocolate candle from Williams Sonoma over a decade ago was fabulous! 

Ok so chocolate! And Valentine's Day are pretty much inseparable for most.

Now...if you are looking for a last minute decadent dessert to surprise your sweetie or family with tomorrow then look no further! And also, don't limit this recipe to special occasions. It happens to be a go-to recipe for. Must've made it over 40 times over the years. It's one I can execute last minute or on a whim! Most likely there will be no shopping required if you keep basic baking ingredients in the pantry.  
Of course there are fancy chocolate cake recipes that call for bars of expensive baking chocolate which I also adore...but this here is made using merely cocoa powder! 
When I made this I seriously had no plans on doing so. I got up to change the load of laundry over and before I knew it I was measuring out my ingredients and prepping my cake pans! Aaron always laughs when he starts hearing pans in the kitchen. Chocolate Cake out of the blue! It's so much better than a boxed mix or can frosting. I really think that once you make this frosting you will be converted and never use a can again! Well if the zombie apocalypse happens who am I kidding...I think I'd use can frosting to frost a kitchen sponge.

Okie doke...let's get baking shall we?

Perfect Chocolate Cake

You will need:

2 cups sugar
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup cocoa powder (I used Hershey's)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans. ( I always use parchment paper rounds in my pans...perfection every time)


Combine your sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed, about 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (the batter will be really thin..don't be scared!). Pour batter into prepared pans.
 Bake 30 to 35 minutes (my oven took about 40 mins) or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. 
Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely. 

Now let's make the frosting!

Perfect Chocolate Frosting

You will need:
1/2 cup (1 stick) melted butter 
2/3 cup cocoa powder 
3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


In a large bowl or in the bowl of your stand mixer, add your melted butter, next
mix in your cocoa powder. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating to spreading consistency.
Add small amount additional milk, if needed. Stir in vanilla. 
Makes about 2 cups.

Frost and serve!


What are you guys doing for Valentine's Day? If you are a long time reader of this blog you know that Aaron and I have a tradition of cooking a fab meal together. We gave up the craziness of going out to crowded restaurants years ago. We shopped for our ingredients today and are so excited for tomorrow.  Of course we'll be back to share that with you! :)

Happy Baking friends!
xo Jenny

12 comments:

  1. Suh-weet! :) And you're using your new mug too!

    It'll be carrot cake frosted in pink ♥ for us tomorrow night. And I bought Mike a couple heart-shaped peanut butter cups so he can have his Reese's fix. :)

    Enjoy your meal-prep tomorrow!

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  2. Oh my goodness...I've been meaning to write you for a good long while (I promises to get to it). I am going to make this cake for my boys tomorrow. I'll send you a photo. It will be my first time baking a cake from scratch (inspired by you). Happy Valentine's Week, dearie. Hugs.

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  3. I baked hubby chewy chocolate gingerbread cookies but I think he would love a chocolate cake to wash those cookies down with. :-)

    Glad to see you have your smile back.
    Hope things are improving for you all, spring will be here soon!

    Hugs, Dolly

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  4. Im like you. I get in thr baking mood on a whim. I used to always bake before I started working outside the home. I now bake out of rebellion against my lack of time. I find myself saying "screw you" to what might need to get done at the moment and getting out my cookie sheets. It reminds me of when my girls were little and all I needed to do was take care of my babies and my little home. It makes me feel like a better mother when I get to do it now. Wow, that was a rant. Ok, I'm rauled up. I need to go make that cake.

    Vintagehoneybee.blogspot.com

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  5. Yay! I'm making it tomorrow! Thanks for the post!

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  6. Yum Yum YUMMY!!! I'm making red velvet tomorrow but definitely will make this one soon!

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  7. Yum thanks for sharing the recipe. We do the same thing, cook something that we really enjoy. There are not many restaurants that cater for vegetarians here in Darwin and it's a lot more relaxing at home. Thanks Jenny

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  8. Happy Valentine's Day, you two! Thanks for the recipe.


    Tina
    aurathentic@gmail.com

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  9. Hi, Jenny! :*} I just came across your fabulous blog through Flamingo Toes...so excited that I did!! Looks like oodles of fun here!! Pinned your delicious cake recipe...thanks for sharing!!

    Following you via GFC & would love to have you stop by and say hello sometime! :^)

    -Brenda
    ChattingOverChocolate.blogspot.com

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  10. Have you looked through the Cake Doctor books?

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  11. Jenny, a well named cake indeed. Thanks for joinin in the cake extravaganza. Cheers

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