May 17 2010

Decadent Chocolate Cake Recipe

 Who loves Chocolate?
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Decadent Chocolate Cake

What You Need

Unsalted butter, softened (for pans)
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (plus more for pans)
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
2 large eggs
3/4 cup low-fat buttermilk
3/4 cup warm water
3 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
Wire cooling racks
Mixer (or Bowl and hand mixer)
2-8 inch round cake pans (2 inches deep)
* Chocolate frosting (recipe follows)
Before You Start: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter cake pans and dust with cocoa

Lets Make It! Sift cocoa, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into the bowl of a mixer. Beat on low speed until just combined. Raise speed to medium, and add eggs, buttermilk, water, oil, and vanilla. Beat until smooth, about 3 minutes.. Divide batter between pans. Bake about 35 minutes (until set and a toothpick inserted into the centers comes out clean). Let cool for 15 minutes. Turn out from pans. Transfer, faceup, to wire racks. Let cool completely. Spread 2 cups chocolate frosting onto top of 1 cooled layer. Top with remaining layer; frost top and sides with remaining 2 cups frosting.


2 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
Pinch of salt (about ¼ tsp)
6 oz. cream cheese, (softened)
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter (softened)
9 oz. bittersweet chocolate (melted and cooled slightly)
3/4 cup creme fraiche (or sour cream)
Lets Make It! In a bowl sift together sugar, cocoa, and salt. Beat cream cheese and butter with a mixer on medium-high speed until smooth. Reduce speed to medium-low; gradually add sugar-cocoa mixture, and beat until combined. Pour in chocolate in a slow, steady stream. Add creme fraiche; beat until combined and smooth.

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  1. Jasmine Iris

    yummy! Def need to make this for dessert this week :)

  2. Chatty Crone

    That looks like one of the best chocolate cakes ever (and I should know – lol). Yummy. Going to hard copy that recipe. sandie

  3. Pamela

    My husbands favourite cake…chocolate!
    Thanks for the recipe.

  4. TaDa

    This picture DOES nothing for my diet… LOL… enjoy..



    Looks yummy! Will need to try for sure! Thanks



  6. Liesl

    Oh how decadent indeed, Katherine!

    Liesl :)

  7. Nancy C


  8. capperson

    My mouth is watering!!!

  9. Rebecca

    I'm drooling. To bad this doesn't fit my diet. booo.

  10. Karen


  11. Green Monkey

    ohhhhh cake….. chocolate cake that looks too good to eat.

    thanks for the recipe.

  12. Kittie Howard

    I copied the recipe for friends. I'm odd one out, being the only one who doesn't care for chocolate. Okay, I'm weird one out.


    Yummo!!! I love chocolate and this looks divine.

  14. Julie (Legacy Crafter)

    I trust this is with zero calories.. (lol)

    Looks delicious!

  15. Tangerine Fairy

    Wow..very impressive..so hard to diet with these yummy pics :/

  16. Chocolate Covered Daydreams

    Yum. That may be the cake I choose to make for Boo's birthday on Saturday! It looks delicious!

  17. Aries

    Chocolate cake – my all time favorite, but lazy to bake it myself. Maybe I'll go get one soon.

  18. Asta

    Thanks so much for the recipe, would love to try soon, maybe even this upcoming weekend!

  19. shopgirl

    This chocolate cake recipe looks delicious and doable!

    Can I just use regular philadelphia cream cheese?


  20. Jesa

    mmm YUM! I so will keep this in mind!

    Lovely blog :)

    Cheers, Jesa

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