Chocolate Cocoa-Buttermilk Cake

Total Time:
1 hr 15 min
20 min
55 min

8 servings

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 3/4 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • Topping, recipe follows
  • Vanilla ice cream, accompaniment
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

  • Butter and lightly flour an 8-cup loaf pan (10 by 5 by 3), knocking out the excess flour.

  • Into a large bowl, sift the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt.

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, molasses, and vanilla.

  • In a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugar, beating about 3 minutes. Add the eggs 1 at a time, beating well after the addition of each. Alternating, add the wet and dry ingredients in 3 additions each, mixing just until combined and being careful not to overwork.

  • Pour into the prepared pan and bake until the cake is risen and just set and a tester inserted into the middle comes out clean, 50 to 55 minutes. (If cake gets too brown, tent it with foil).

  • Cool in the pan 40 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to finish cooling. Slice cake into pieces, top with pecan topping, and serve with vanilla ice cream, if desired.

  • 1 cup pecan halves

  • 1 cup dark brown sugar

  • 1 cup water

  • 2 tablespoons bourbon

  • In a saucepan, combine the ingredients, and simmer until thick. Serve over top of cake.

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