Monday, June 06, 2016

Becaues Mondays call for chocolate cake!

This is our last week of school.  We are all kind of done. There are 3 more mornings where we have to get up and rush out the door to get to school.  We are tired.  We are hot.  We throw the white flag up and surrender the hot, laid back days of summer.  We are looking forward to screen time and fun and no real plans (well, once we get back from vacation, that is).  I am super excited and well. . . this cake makes me wish another one would bake itself without heating up my house.  I am actually wondering what I could make with the last two eggs in the house.

Are you drooling yet?  I am and I made it!  You should probably make this cake now.  As in today.  It's a great way to start your week of great.  Monday's call for chocolate, right? 

Best Chocolate Cake
Source: Good Housekeeping

2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup buttermilk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease two 9 inch round cake pans.  You could even try this tutorial. . . it looked really cool.  Dust pans with flour. 

In mixing bowl, beat butter and sugars until blended.  Increase speed to high and beat for 5 minutes until light and fluffy.  Stop every now and then and scrape the bowl sides to make sure you are getting it all.  Reduce speed to Medium-Low and add eggs 1 at a time.  Beat in vanilla and then slowly add dry ingredients alternating between buttermilk.  Beat batter just until smooth. 

Spoon batter evenly between both cake pans.  Place both on middle rack side by side.  Bake for 20-30 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.  Cool for 10 minutes.  Remove from pans and continue cool for about 45 more minutes.  Then frost and eat. 

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/3 cup boiling water
1 cup butter, softened
2 tbsp powdered sugar
12 ounces melted semi sweet chocolate chips, cooled.

Whip together in mixer until all incorporated.  Once cake is completely cool, frost. 

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