Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Icing

If you love Chocolate, there's nothing quite like a Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Icing.
This is my favorite one. The two important ingredients in this recipe are Guittard Noir Cocoa Powder and Guittard Extra Dark Chocolate Chips. Try to find them if you can. Any substitutes will not result in the same Deep Dark Chocolate color or taste. 

Here's what you'll need:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
3 - 8" round Cake Pans brushed well with Pan Release Mix. (Equal parts of Crisco, Vegetable Oil and Flour) I start with 1 C of each mixed well and refrigerated in a jar. I always have it available for all of my baking needs.

Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Icing:

2 1/4 C Flour
2 1/4 C Granulated Sugar
1 C Unsweetened Cocoa Powder (Guittard Noir)
1 TBS Baking Soda
1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Salt
1 1/2 C Buttermilk, room temperature
1 C Hot Espresso Coffee (I use Medaglia door, espresso coffee powder)
3/4 C Vegetable Oil
2 tsp Vanilla
3 Eggs, room temperature

36 TBS Butter, room temperature (yes, you read that correctly)
3/4 C Confectioner's Sugar
3/4 C Guittard Noir Cocoa Powder
1/2 C Hot Water
1/2 C Sour Cream
1 1/2 tsp Vanilla
A Pinch of Salt
3 1/2 C  Guittard Extra Dark Chocolate Chips, melted.

Cake instructions:

In a Large Mixing Bowl:
Cocoa Powder
Baking Soda
Baking Powder
Whisk well.

In another bowl:
Whisk well.

Whisk again to incorporate.
Add this to the bowl of dry ingredients.
Whisk well to combine.

Divide the batter evenly among the Cake Pans.
Bake 25 minutes.
Remove the Pans to a rack to cool for 5 minutes.
At this stage I remove the cakes, immediately wrap them in Plastic Wrap and freeze them.
(I learned this technique as a cake decorator)

Make the Icing:

In a Stand Mixer with a Paddle Attachment:
Beat 5 minutes.

In a bowl, sift together:
Cocoa Powder

On low, in the Mixer:
The Sugar/Cocoa \Water
Sour Cream
Beat on low for 1 minute.
Increase speed to medium.
Beat an additional 2 minutes.

Melted Chocolate
Beat for 1 minute just to incorporate.
Remove the Cakes from the Freezer.
Assemble the Cake traditionally with a layer of Icing between each layer.
Ice the entire sides and top of the cake.
Allow to rest at room temperature at least 1 hour before serving.

Peace in the Kitchen!

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