3. Sift the dry ingredients... white flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
4. Add sugar to the dry ingredients - I just used organic sugar. Set aside.
5. In a separate bowl, add buttermilk, oil, eggs, and vanilla.
6. Blend with an Electric Mixer.
7. Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients.
8. Blend until well incorporated - do NOT overmix.
9. Add hot coffee.
10. Blend, do not overmix. The batter will be pretty thin.
11. Pour batter into 2 round 9-inch pans.
12. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes. I waited 40 minutes.
CHOCOLATE BUTTERCREAM (REDUCED FAT) (adapted by Ina Garten )
~ frosts 16 slices - middle and top layers - I halved the recipe.
1. Melt the chocolate over a double boiler. Once melted, set aside to cool.
2. In a mixing bowl, blend the butter until light and fluffy.
3. Add vanilla extract. Blend.
4. Add confectioners sugar. Blend.
5. Combine coffee powder and hot tap water. Dissolve.
6. Add coffee powder to the butter.
7. And now you have Mocha Buttercream.
8. Add chocolate to the frosting.
FROST CAKE - middle and top layers.
FROSTING RATING: 5 / 5
The frosting was OMG, amazing, incredible, delicious! Before adding the chocolate, this frosting tasted like Mocha Buttercream, it was so so good! If I hadn't melted the chocolate, I probably would have gone with a Mocha Buttercream frosting instead. Keep in mind, the Mocha Buttercream frosting is also lower in fat.
OVERALL RATING: 5 / 5
Now although I'm not a huge fan of Chocolate Cake - yeah, can you believe it - I thought this cake tasted amazing. Every single person who tried this cake absolutely loved it. My bro-in-law, Raj, who adores Chocolate Cakes said this was 10 times better than the Everyday Chocolate Cake I recently made during Thanksgiving. He said it was lighter and moister. In addition, my niece, Sonia, who is another Chocolate fan loved this cake and actually asked me to make it again today. Obviously, I didn't comply! The key to this delicious cake is using oil, hot coffee, and buttermilk.
Texture: The texture of this cake was soft and crumbly. It was just right, it held up.
Moistness: This cake was extremely moist, and I'm tellin' ya, you can't go wrong with it!
TELL ME: How was your Christmas? What did you guys make?