Chocolate Brownie Cake

2 (9-inch) cake layers for 1 layer cake serving 10 to 12

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour 2 (9-inch) cake pans, then line with parchment paper.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and mix until thoroughly combined.

Into a medium mixing bowl, sift the flour, baking soda and cocoa powder together.

In a small mixing bowl whisk the buttermilk, sour cream and vanilla together.

While the mixer is on low speed, add the dry ingredients in 3 batches, alternating with the liquid ingredients.

Divide the cake batter evenly among the 2 prepared cake pans and bake until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean and the edges of the cake just begin to pull away from the sides of the pan, about 30 to 35 minutes.

Transfer the cakes to a cooling rack and allow the cakes to cool in the pans. Carefully remove the cakes from the pans and frost as usual for a layered cake with the Chocolate Buttermilk Frosting.

Chocolate Buttermilk Frosting:

1 stick butter, softened

1/4 cup cocoa powder, sifted

8 ounces cream cheese

1 pound powdered sugar, sifted

2 tablespoons buttermilk

1 teaspoon vanilla

In the bowl of an electric mixer combine the butter, cocoa powder and cream cheese over low speed and mix until thoroughly combined. Increase speed to high and cream ingredients until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low and slowly add the powdered sugar, buttermilk, and vanilla. Beat until mixture is smooth and thoroughly combined.

Frost cake as usual.

Yield: enough frosting for 1 (9-inch) layer cake or one 9 by 13-inch

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    I add about a teaspoon of VIA instant coffee powder, and I frost with a basic chocolate buttercream frosting rather that the cream cheese frosting. This is a delicious cake! Buttermilk is easy to make: 1T vinegar in a 1C measuring cup, then fill to the top with skim milk. Since 3tsp =1T, it's 1-1/2tsp in a half-cup measuring cup and fill to the top with skim. Easy peasy!
    So Great
    When I was making this cake it dawned on me that for a brownie type of flavor the recipe did not call for much cocoa but I made it as per the recipe. While it is good with the frosting, I would certainly double the amount of cocoa that I use next time. I see one of the reviews below agreed and that person suggested using a high end goumet cocoa instead of just good old Hersheys.
    Haven't tried making this yet. 
    Does anyone know how long this cream cheese icing could sit out of refrigeration? I'm going to try making a tier cake and will need at least a full day to put it together, and since I'll be covering it with fondant I can't refrigerate it. If it's too iffy I may just opt with the sour cream chocolate frosting recipe from The Cake Mix Doctor.
    Usually I think that Emeril's recipe's are too complecated for me... But this recipe was so simple. It was easy to make and didn't have alot of clean up time. The cake and the frosting are absoulutly amazing and will be my new favorite chocolate cake recipe. If you love chocolate, this is a recipe for you!
    I made this cake for my neices birthday cake. She dosent like cake and wanted brownies...This cake was a huge success and everyone wanted the recipe. I recommend this cake to anyone for any occassion.
    I've been making this cake ever since Emeril was on GMA with the recipe. We all love it, even me, and I'm usually not much of a cake person. But I do have problems every time I make the cake with it overflowing the cake pans, and dripping all over my oven. It always comes out all burnt around the top, and I have to slice away a good portion of it before frosting...kind of waste. So I always wind up with not as much cake as there is frosting to cover it. I'd really like to get some feedback from people as to whether I'm doing something wrong, maybe with the parchment paper. We really do love the cake, but I'd like to get this straight.
    My husband loves Brownies, he just loves chocolate, I'm looking forward to making this recipe but before I do, Does anyone know if you can substitute the butter-milk for whole milk? I know I already rated it, but I've never made an Emeril dish that wasn't a hit in our home. Thanks
    Alot of people commented on this cake lacking intensity and flavor. That very might be the case if you are lacking a well stocked baking pantry. It's safe to say Emril as a chef did not use a cheap or mild cocoa. He doesn't specifiy what type but I knew if it's so little cocoa to a cake you should us "Dutch Process BLACK cocoa"! Their goes your intensity right their! This cake will not come out good without it. For a few extra kicks I threw in half a black of darck chocolate chips. And threw the other half on the top of the cake. Also I added a teaspoon of instant coffee into the mix. You don't taste the coffee, but it enhances the chocolate dramatically. I made this cake today for my husband birthday. I did it with a raspberry filliing. I decorated it with chocolate chip and fresh raspberries.
    The cake was nice and moist, but it was lacking in flavor. There is alot of butter in this recepie,and the taste of the butter was way too much. Also, there was not enough chocolate flavor(not even close). Additionally, there was no resemblence to a brownie. The thing that saved this cake was the frosting, it was delicous!
    Normally I skip Emeril altogether-I find his style a bit too much all around, however... This will become my "standard chocolate cake" recipe henceforth! It is everything a chocolate lover desires: dark, rich flavor, moist texture, the kind you pick at every time you walk past it...
     Making it for the second time in a week-today IS my birthday... Added chopped hazelnuts and chunks of 85% organic bitter chocolate... I'm a chocoholic, what can I say.
    I wanted to do this cake for my girlfriend, but I'm not a great cook (I'm a grilling guy, not so much a kitchen type). I asked my friend to make it for my girlfriends birthday and we all agreed that this is by far the best chocolate cake ever!!!
     I'll try to make it next time with my friends help.
    This was my first time using a recipe off Food Network web page. I watched Emeril's show and he made it look so easy. The one thing that Emeril said was with baking you always have to measure ingredients. I took the time to measure,it was fantastic, and I received a lot of compliments from my family. Thanks a lot Emeril.
    The kids and I had a wonderful time in the kitchen making this cake even the three year old had things he could do with it its a very easy cake to make but tastes like we would imagine it would in one of Emeril's kitchens when we saw it the boys just had to try it. The boys are 14,12,9,and 3 two of them are disabled but still found it very easy thank you Emeril
    THIS IS THE BEST CAKE EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    This cake came out very moist. The color was barely brown. I love dense, fudgy brownies, this was not even close. The frosting was a keeper, but not the cake.
    I made this cake just like it says and it didn't look anything like his from the show and it tasted so dry and lacked a lot of flavor.
    This cake had to be one of the best that I have tried. I don't care for much chocolate but on occasion I do enjoy it's complexities. I used a wonderful deep dark cocoa powder and liked the cake so much I made two more this eve. and put in the freezer because I know that when I take this anywhere, there will be a request for more and I will have an extra. The next time I make the cake, I will change some of the flavors, I would think a raspberry, or orange liquor would soak into the cooled cake quiet nicely and give an added moister (not that it needs it).
    I've never been one to make a cake and icing from scratch but today, after reading all the other reviews, I decided to go all out and make it in celebration of my husband's birthday. I must admit, though, he and I both are in agreement that (A) the cake itself was moist, tasty and worthy of remaking, but (B) the frosting/icing was a BIG disappointment! So bad, in fact, that my husband uttered some charming vocabulary, then got up and promptly scraped the icing into the garbage can. (He requested that next time I try a fluffy white frosting.) No hard feelings, as I've gotta agree with him -- although I made the icing recipe to the T, it still bore too strong of a cream cheesey taste.
    Best chocolate cake I have ever made/eaten. I receive rave reviews everytime I make it. My husband calls it a glorified brownie, my 18yo son says it's the best cake he has ever eaten "not too sweet and covered with fudge." My mom likes its perfect texture. If you love chocolate and don't mind the extra calories and fats this cake is for you. One slice satisfies any chocolate craving you may have and will leave you smiling and satisfied. Try this cake, you will be glad you did.
    I love Emeril's cakes. However I was doubtful as I mixed it it did not seem to call for enough chocolate. Also it seemed like too much frosting. But I did it exactly like the recipe and it was perfect. I served it for a Cinco de Mayo party. I loved it and had rave reviews from my friends. I will make it again sometime soon.
     Thanks Emeril for another great cake!
    Great cake- everybody loved it but i had some issues with the iceing. I will still be baking this cake again- it had an amazing taste!
    The cake was wonderful. The chocolate was not too overpowering. I couldn't find buttermilk, so I substituted my regular 2%, and it was fine. I'm definitely going to make this again.
    This cake was wonderful! I especially liked the frosting, i added 2 more tablespoons of cocoa into the frosting, it seemed to cut some of the sweetness of the frosting. If you like brownies and cake it is a good combination, a must try!
    Was a little bit more work than I am use to. But well worth the effort. As far as frosting go's there was plenty as to my surprise. I always have to make a double batch of frosting for my family but in this case had some left.
    Just made it and my family loved it!!
    I made this cake for my little brother in February. I had to make another one 2 days later. Now everyone wants me to make this for my birthday. My husband's birthday was last week and all he wanted was this cake. It is just perfect. The cake is moist, the icing is delicious. Bravo to Emeril for this one.
    The Chocolate Brownie Cake was awesome!
     It turned out perfect and tasted great. My 20 year old son wanted to keep it all to himself.
    excellent could make cake a little darker
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