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Dark Chocolate Cake Recipe

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So when I say that this very cake turned me into a chocolate cake lover that means I wasn’t one before. But how is that possible? Well, when I was younger, I was more of a vanilla person or other fun flavor kind of a kid. It was mostly because store-bought chocolate cakes do not justify the homemade ones. They never really are worth it as much honestly

But once I tried making a cake the first time, it got me in a whole new world of rich, moist chocolate cakes. I legit cannot stop hogging this cake whenever I make it. It is so moist and delicious, it must be not be legal. I know there are so many moist chocolate cake recipes out on the net, but this one is seriously is a must try. It is not only delicious, but it’s super easy too and you just need a bowl to make it. Just put in everything and whisk it together and ta-da you have got your cake batter ready.

This dark chocolate cake can also be made with oil, instead of butter. It makes such a GOOD moist cake! Additionally, you can often make this cake with dark chocolate cocoa too. It gives even more rich chocolate flavor to the cake. That being said, regular cocoa works too and is wonderful as well. One thing to be noted is that this chocolate cake has a very thin batter. And yes, it is not a typo! It is a slow-bake cake and bakes at 300 degrees throughout.

Bake it and you might just be asked to bake for a restaurant too and you decide if you want to bake it for the restaurant of not! Lol. You know you want to do it. This Dark Chocolate Cake is of my DREAMS! Super tender, moist homemade chocolate cake with the best smooth, rich, dark chocolate frosting over it. Let’s have a look at how it is made down here-

Course: Dessert

Cuisine: American

Units: A cup, cup + 2 Tablespoons, Tablespoon, Teaspoon and Large

Servings: It can serve around 12 people

Calories: 887 kcal

What Would You Need?

Cake:
  • 3 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups of granulated sugar
  • 1 cup + 2 Tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder (I love to use the Hershey’s Special dark, but you can use regular ones too)
  • 3 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons of baking soda
  • 1 ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 ½ cups of milk
  • ¾ cup of oil (vegetable or canola oil)
  • 3 whole eggs, kept at room temperature
  • 3 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups of boiling water
Dark Chocolate Frosting:
  • 5 ½ cups of powdered sugar
  • 1 1 /3 cups of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 12 Tablespoons of unsalted butter softened to room temperature
  • 12 Tablespoons of heavy whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

How to Make It?

For the cake:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350º F.
  2. Grease three 9-inch cake pans with butter and set aside (you can also cut a circle of parchment paper for the base of the pan to further make sure it doesn’t stick).
  3. Take a large bowl and add the flour, sugar, Cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in it and whisk it together.
  4. Now, add the milk, oil, eggs, and vanilla to flour mixture and mix it well until it looks well combined.
  5. Now gently add the boiled water to the cake batter, while stirring it continuously.
  6. Beat the batter on high speed for around a minute. The batter will now be quite thin.
  7. Take the three pans and add the cake batter evenly in these three pans and tap the pans to even it further.
  8. Bake the cake for about 30- to 35 minutes or until a knife or toothpick inserted in the center comes out of the cake clean.
  9. Remove the cake from over after 35 minutes and leave it to cool down for a few minutes over a cooling rack.
For the frosting:
  1. In a bowl, add the powdered sugar and cocoa powder and stir it well.
  2. Take a separate mixing bowl and beat the butter on a medium speed for about 2 minutes or until it turns soft and pale.
  3. Now, slowly add the sugar or cocoa mixture alternately with the beaten cream and vanilla essence, keep beating after each addition, until you reach the desired frosting consistency.
  4. Lastly, beat everything on a high speed for about 3 minutes, until it becomes creamy.

Alternate Method

How to Make It?
  1. Preheat oven to 300°F (148°C) and grease three 9-inch cake pans with butter and set aside (you can also cut a circle of parchment paper for the base of the pan to further make sure it doesn’t stick).
    2. Take a large bowl and add all dry ingredients in it together.
    3. Take another large bowl and add eggs, buttermilk and vegetable oil in it and mix it well and then add it to the dry ingredients and mix it well.
    4. Boil some water and add the vanilla essence to boiling water and add to mixture in it too and mix it well.
    5. Divide the cake batter evenly between the three cake pans and bake it for 30 to 33 minutes, or until a knife or a toothpick comes out clean.
    6. Take the cakes out of the oven and leave it to cool down for around 10 minutes, then move to the cooling rack to cool it down completely.
    7. Prepare the frosting while cakes are kept to cool. Beat the butter together until it becomes smooth.
    8. Slowly add 4 cups (460g) powdered sugar and mix it well.
    9. Add the vanilla essence and half a cup of water or milk in it and mix until it turns smooth.
    10. Add another 5 cups (575g) of powdered sugar in it and mix it well.
    11. Add cocoa powder and mix it well until you get the right consistency.
    13. Once the cake is cool, remove cake from the top with the help of a large serrated knife.
    14. Place the very first layer of cake on the cake plate and spread about 3/4 cup of frosting on top and even out the layer.
    15. Similarly, add the second layer of cake and add another 3/4 cup of frosting over the top of it and even out the layer.
    16. Final, add the last layer of cake on the top and frost the outside of the cake with the remaining frosting.
    17. Finish off with adding sprinkles, Choco chips or other decoration over it.

Dark chocolate cakes are my personal favorite and I can have it literally any time anywhere without a thought. Though is it a bit of unhealthy binge in your diet you can always utilize your cheat days for it after all! (haha). Wondering where to get these from? Well, use food coupons and get discounts on your purchase here. Yay! So now you know what would you need and how are you supposed to make it, so what are you waiting for? Call your gang over and host a cake treat for them and I’m sure they will ask you, “Where did you get it from?” Hope you enjoyed it. All the best!

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