This recipe is from the book The Essence of Chocolate, Recipes for Baking and Cooking with Fine Chocolate (Hyperion, 2006), the story of SCHARFFEN BERGER chocolate. The introductory notes say, "If you could only have one recipe for chocolate cake, this would be the one." With a recommendation like that, how could we not share it with you?
Yield:
9 servings
Level:
None

Ingredients

For the cake:
For the frosting:

Directions

To make the cake:

Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly butter the bottom of two 9-inch round cake pans. Line the bottom with parchment paper, then butter and flour the parchment and the sides of the pans.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the sugar, flour, cocoa, salt, baking powder, and baking soda, mixing on low speed. Mix in the eggs, oil, and milk.

Increase the speed to medium and beat for 2 minutes. Reduce the speed to low and mix in the water. The batter will be soupy.

Divide the batter evenly between the cake pans. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.

Remove from the oven and cool on a cooling rack for 5 minutes, then turn the layers out onto the rack and cool completely.

When the cakes have cooled, check the frosting. It should have the consistency of mayonnaise. If it is still too thin, allow it to cool longer.

To make the frosting:

In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and cream and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce the heat and simmer for 6 minutes. Add the chocolate and butter and stir until melted. Pour into a bowl and stir in the vanilla.

To frost the cake:

Place one cake layer on a serving plate. Spread the frosting with a hot palette knife or icing spatula to give the frosting a beautiful shine. Run the knife under hot tap water and dry with a towel. Spread about 3/4 cup of the frosting over the top of the first layer. Top with the second layer. Spread the remaining frosting over the top and sides of the cake, heating the knife again as necessary.

IDEAS YOU'LL LOVE

Strawberry Love Cake

Recipe courtesy of Valerie Bertinelli

Chocolate and Vanilla Checkered Flag Cake

Recipe courtesy of Nancy Fuller

Beatty's Chocolate Cake

Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten

Sunny's German Chocolate Cake Cookies

Recipe courtesy of Sunny Anderson

Fresh Peach Cake

Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten

Carrot Cake

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten

Caramel Cake

Recipe courtesy of Ann Byrn

Easter Bunny Cake

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Trending Videos 6 Videos

Get the recipe

Crab Cupcakes 00:50

Make a splash with these too-cute cupcakes that are a cinch to assemble.

Similar Topics:

Browse Reviews By Keyword

          On TV

          The Pioneer Woman

          9:30am | 8:30c

          Farmhouse Rules

          10:30am | 9:30c

          Farmhouse Rules

          11:30am | 10:30c

          Farmhouse Rules

          12:30pm | 11:30c

          The Pioneer Woman

          1:30pm | 12:30c

          Chopped

          4pm | 3c

          Chopped

          5pm | 4c

          Chopped

          6pm | 5c

          Chopped

          7pm | 6c

          Chopped

          8pm | 7c
          On Tonight
          On Tonight

          Cooks vs. Cons

          10pm | 9c

          Cooks vs. Cons

          11pm | 10c

          Chopped

          3am | 2c

          Get Cooking