Chocolate on Chocolate Cake

23Oct09

ChocoCake_plates

We’ve been eating a lot of apple desserts lately, but when Katie’s birthday came around, I kinda figured that if the cake didn’t have chocolate in it, it wasn’t gonna fly. I was right – in some instances, if it’s not chocolate it’s just not worth the calories. Well, let me tell you, this one is worth every last calorie. And then some. It’s chocolate on chocolate, and moist and rich and dark. Really? It doesn’t get much better. Sadly, I’m not sure who first wrote down this recipe. I learned it from my Aunt Peggy, who is known to compose recipes entirely in her head and leave them there for a long time before writing them down (someday I’ll make some of her scones to put on here). This may or may not be originally from Maida Heatter.

ChocoCake_ingredients

Chocolate on Chocolate Cake (makes one 8-9″ cake)
1 cup Flour
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/8 tsp Salt
1/2 cup Butter (1 stick)
1 cup Sugar
1 Egg
1 tsp Vanilla
1/2 cup Cocoa
1/2 cup Milk
1 Tbsp Instant Coffee
4 oz Choco Chips (semi or bittersweet)
2 oz Butter, cut up

Preheat to 350. Mix together the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. In a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugar and then add the eggs and vanilla and stir to combine. To the butter mixture, add the cocoa powder and mix until evenly distributed. Don’t overmix this recipe. Add half the milk to the butter mixture, and then half the dry ingredients, then the rest of the milk, then the rest of the dry ingredients. Dissolve coffee in 1/2 cup boiling water. Add coffee slowly to the batter, while hot. Batter will be thin! Butter and dust with cocoa the bottom of an 8 or 9 inch cake pan. Pour the thin batter into the pan, and bake for 30-40 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean. Don’t overbake. Cool completely on a rack.

For the frosting, in a double boiler, melt the chocolate. Take off the heat, and add the butter one piece at a time, stirring until melted. Pour over the cooled cake and smooth out quickly! Yum!

ChocoCake_cake

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7 Responses to “Chocolate on Chocolate Cake”

  1. What a luscious cake!

  2. I can’t stop staring at those pictures!

  3. Oh my. 3:30 on a Friday afternoon is never the best time to come face to face with a cake like this. Talk about distraction! The shine on that frosting is amazing. I hope you got some good finger licking in.

  4. Yum, looks fabulous!!!

  5. 5 katemotter

    Thanks all! Let me know if you try it, and definitely link back if you have a blog!

    Jess – I know what you mean – posting desserts on Thursdays or Fridays make it hard to concentrate!

  6. Is the chocolate on top to soft to add custard or do you think it would go well with this? Would it make it way to sickly?

  7. 7 katemotter

    Heather – I would stick to the frosting for this one. Depending on how you bake it, it can be pretty soft.


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