Extreme Chocolate Cake.
For those times….
you know them…
when you just need chocolate cake.
I recently saw a question that made me think.
If you had to live without one of the following for the rest of your life, which would you choose?
For me, it would be chocolate. Though I adore baking and enjoy chocolate (and even crave it sometimes), if I had to give up one of these four, it would be the chocolate.
I can’t imagine not having coffee in the morning. A world without cheese?! I’m just not sure that is a world worth living in. And oh how I enjoy my glass or two of red wine in the evening.
How about you?
Now even though I would choose chocolate if I HAD to make the choice…. THANKFULLY I do not!
So here’s a chocolate cake I made recently (which is slightly adapted from this one I found at AllRecipes) – just because…
Because sometimes life is worth celebrating with chocolate cake!
Extreme Chocolate Cake
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 3/4 cups flour
- 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 cup softened butter
- 2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
- 6 cups powdered sugar
- 1 cup milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour three 8-9″ round cake pans.
In a large mixing bowl, stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla. Mix for 3 minutes with electric mixer. Slowly stir in boiling water by hand with wooden spoon until fully incorporated. Pour batter evenly into the three prepared pans.
Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool for 15 minutes in pans, then remove to cooling rack to cool complete.
Prepare frosting by beating butter with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Stir in the cocoa powder and powdered sugar, then milk and vanilla. Beat until fluffy and spreading consistency.
Spread frosting on each layer of cake stacked on top of each other and decorate as desired.
I shaved dark chocolate on top using a vegetable peeler from a large bar of Trader Joe’s 72% Cocoa Dark Chocolate and placed halved strawberries around the perimeter of the top.
Cheers & Hugs,