Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Beatty's Chocolate Cake

Chocolate cake, a favorite recipe, for no good reason.

This cake is deep and dark. Use good coffee (it's an Ina recipe, after all). You will love this cake all kinds of crazy. Try a piece as soon as it's ready but really, it's even better after a night in the fridge.

Beatty's Chocolate Cake
Barefoot Contessa At Home
Serves 8

butter, for greasing pans
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour, plus more for pans
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup good cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk, shaken
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 extra large eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee
1 Recipe Chocolate Buttercream, follows

Preheat oven to 350F. Butter 2 (8 inch) round cake pans. Line with parchment paper, butter again and flour both pans.

Sift and combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt in large bowl. In a medium bowl, combine the buttermilk, oil, eggs and vanilla. With a mixer on low speed, slowly add the wet ingredients to dry. With mixer still on low, add the coffee and stir just to combine, scraping the bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula.

Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool in the pans for 30 minutes, then turn them out onto a cooling rack and cool completely.

Place 1 layer flat side up on a flat plate or cake pedestal. With a knife or offset spatula, spread the top with frosting. Place the second layer on top, rounded side up, and spread the frosting evenly on the top and sides of the cake.

Chocolate Buttercream
6 ounces good semisweet chocolate
1/2 pound (2 sticks or 1 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 extra large egg yolk, at room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups sifted icing sugar
1 tablespoon instant coffee powder (omit if not looking for a lot of coffee flavor)

Chop the chocolate and place it in a heat proof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Stir until just melted and set aside until cooled to room temperature.

In a large bowl, beat butter on medium high speed until light yellow and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the egg yolk and vanilla and continue beating for 3 minutes. Turn the mixer to low, gradually add the icing sugar then beat at medium speed, scraping down the bowl as necessary, until smooth and creamy.

Dissolve the coffee powder in 2 teaspoons of the hottest tap water. On low speed, add the chocolate and coffee to the butter mixture and mix until blended. Don't whip! Spread immediately on the cooled cake.
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  1. Oh, my...makes me want to go brew a pot of Gevalia and start baking.

  2. Oh my. It's a good thing I'm sitting down!! W.O.W. I am going to make this for someone's birthday this year. Maybe all the someones I know! Ha ha! Thanks so much for sharing, Rina. :)

  3. I have the same recipe for the cake, but it has a cream cheese filling with chocolate chips and coconut.

  4. Looks delish! I'm assuming you doubled the recipe to get four layers instead of I right?

  5. Lookin' good! Ohh! Great cake! I love to try that! Can't wait to try this recipe. I'll make these for my mom and my brothers and sister. They will be so happy about this.

    Haley McAdams
    Bartending Certification


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