The Perfect Chocolate Cake

The Perfect Chocolate Cake

  • 55 mins
  • 20 ingredients

Ingredients

  • For the Cake
  • 2 cups ap flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 tbs cocoa
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • For the icing
  • 1 lb confectioners sugar
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 4 tbs cocoa
  • 1/4 cup plus 4 tbs milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Chopped pecans, optional
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grease two (8 inch) round cake pans, and line the bottoms with greased wax paper.
  • Mix the flour, sugar and salt together in a bowl.
  • Put the butter, water, oil and cocoa in a pan and bring to a boil.
  • Be sure  to stir continuously, so the mixture doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan.
  • When the mixture boils, pour it into the flour/sugar/salt mixture.
  • Add the buttermilk, baking soda, cinnamon, vanilla and eggs.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pans, bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 25 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven, let cook in the pans for 10 minutes, and then transfer to a wire rack to cook completely.
  • To make the icing, put the confectioners sugar in a medium bowl.
  • In a small sauce pan over high heat, combine the butter, cocoa, and milk and bring to a boil.
  • Pour the mixture over the confectioners sugar, and add the vanilla.
  • Stir until creamy.
  • Spread a small amount of the frosting on the top of one cake, and top with the second cake.
  • Cover both layers with the rest of the frosting.
  • If desired sprinkle the cake with chopped pecans and serve.

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