Thursday, April 30, 2015

~ Decadent Chocolate Cake ~

This recipe is a repeat and one I made for my son-in-law's birthday. Thought that you might like to try it for Mother's Day!  Any Mom, Grandmother, Daughter, Aunt or friend that loves chocolate will love you forever!

 I tried Ina Garten's Chocolate Cake ~ to die for!  Honestly, I love her and this cake. It has butter, buttermilk, sour cream and coffee in it ~ so, besides the chocolate, it has to be good, right?  

Chocolate Cake
adapted from Ina Garten

12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup buttermilk, shaken, at room temperature
1/2 cup sour cream, at room temperature
2 tablespoons brewed coffee
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup good cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease your cake pans.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and 2 sugars on high speed until light and fluffy, approximately 5 minutes. Lower the speed to medium, add the eggs 1 at a time, then add the vanilla and mix well. In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, sour cream, and coffee. In another bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. On low speed, add the buttermilk mixture and the flour mixture alternately in thirds to the mixer bowl, beginning with the buttermilk mixture and ending with the flour mixture. Mix only until blended. Fold the batter with a rubber spatula to be sure it’s completely blended. Divide your batter between your cake pans – use any extra to make some cupcakes. I used 6″ round pans. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Let cool for 10-15 minutes and then remove to a cooling rack to cool completely.  I sliced each cake layer into 2 layers and, while warm, brushed Kahlua over them. Yum!

I used a regular cream cheese frosting and surrounded the frosted cake with Piroutte cookies that were filled with Hazelnut.  Decadent!  ;-)

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  1. Hi Pat, WOW this looks incredibly good. What a special cake for a birthday. Thank you for sharing this recipe.
    The cookies around the sides are the perfect touch.
    Have a special day.
    Hugs, CM

  2. Pat,
    It looks so yummy. I love those cookies and they look so pretty on the cake. Have a great day.

  3. Oh my word, Pat, what a cake! It sounds fabulous and the presentation is incredible. Ina would be proud!

  4. I am just DROOLING here!!! I just came from a recipe for STEAK to my DESSERT now. YUM--- I am saving this, Pat. It looks incredible. xo Diana

  5. Such a beautiful cake, and the rolled cookies make it even more beautiful. I believe presentation is a must when serving up any thing, especially dessert, and this is a winner. :)
    And I'm with you, "always add the love."
    Joy! Debbie

  6. what a beautiful cake!! it sounds yummy, too. I scrolled through your previous posts, and enjoyed reading your entries. I've not been here for a while, so was pleased to catch up.
    When I changed my blog a while back, I lost my blog roll. It's good to find my old favorites again.
    Have a great weekend, Pat.

  7. Oh that sounds delicious Pat! Thanks for sharing the recipe with us! Have a blessed day dear friend, HUGS!

  8. Gorgeous cake and I so want a big piece!

  9. Pure pretty and I know it must taste sooooo good.
    Pinned and can't wait to make it...

  10. Mmm...homemade chocolate cake - my fave! I am working hard at not eating sugar (though I do slip once in awhile), lowering my blood pressure and losing more weight, so I'd better pass on making this cake for now. Maybe for my birthday in August. :-) You had asked on my last blog post if the last picture in the post was of my house - yes, it is. Thank you for saying it's pretty. It's small and humble, but I enjoy trying to "spruce it up" and making it look nicer. We desperately need to paint the little porch and front door this spring.

  11. I've tried a few things from Ina Garten and they were all good! Chocolate cake is one of the best desserts as far as I'm concerned. ;)

  12. Your Chocolate Cake looks fabulous! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen


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