Thursday, November 17, 2016

The BEST Chocolate Cake.... Ever!

This recipe is from Six Sister's Stuff who got it from Taste of HomeIt is by far one of the best chocolate cake recipes and it is my go-to recipe for chocolate cake or cupcakes. It is easy and always delicious! It is even super yummy right out of the oven with a scoop of ice cream. No frosting, just warm cake and ice cream!

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup baking cocoa (I prefer dutch cocoa)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cube (1/2 cup) butter, melted
1 cup buttermilk

2 tsp good vanilla (I like mexican or Kirkland brand)2 eggs
1 cup boiling water
Frosting* (I use my cream cheese frosting recipe here) *A note: For cupcakes, you may want to do a double batch of frosting depending on if you pipe it or just spread it on. I found a regular batch only pipes about 18 cupcakes. One batch works great for a 9x13 cake. Follow recipe directions for chocolate frosting.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

Put a small pot of water on the stove to boil (or if you have REALLY hot tap water, you can use that as well. You'll only need one cup but I always boil a little extra. ;)

I usually make this recipe in my Bosch, but a large bowl and a hand mixer works great as well. Just remember, you don't want to over mix. 

Combine all dry ingredients. Add in the butter, buttermilk, and eggs. Don't mix this too high. You want to just get it fully incorporated. I stay on low speed. Pour in 1 cup of hot water. Mix. At this point, your batter will seem runny, but it's going to be okay... I promise!. At this point, either grease muffin liners or a  9×13″ pan. Fill cupcakes 2/3 full. You don't want them fuller than that! Bake for 15 minutes. If not quite done, do 2 more minutes. Mine are almost always done right at 15 minutes. For a cake, bake for 30-35 minutes (or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean). When everything is cooled (cupcakes cool quick!), frost as desired, and decorate if you'd like.

This recipe makes about 32 cupcakes (depending on the size of your pan) or ONE 9x13" pan of cake. 

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