World’s Best Chocolate Cake

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Earlier this year I was in charge of bringing a dessert to a dinner party and I was tired of just bringing boring cookies and so I decided to look for a good cake. I was looking on http://www.modernhoney.com and found her Love and First Sight Chocolate Cake and decided to give it a go. Wow!! All I can say is wow!! This cake is so moist and full of rich chocolate flavor! I never was a big cake fan until this cake! Now I want it at every party!

This year my little guy is turning 2 and so we made him a construction cake to celebrate. He is all boy and loves everything that moves and makes loud noises. We have a lot of road work outside our apartment right now and his favorite thing is to go outside and just watch all the dump trucks, bulldozers and excavators go by. When we showed him the cake… He LOVED IT!! The rich chocolate filled cake was perfect for the construction scene with Oreos for dirt and Cinnamon Sugar Oreos for the 2.

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Ingredients

Chocolate Cake:
  • 1 3/4 cup Flour
  • 1 3/4 cup Sugar
  • 3/4 cup Cocoa high quality
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 cup Oil canola or coconut oil
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 cup Buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Vanilla
  • 1 cup Hot Water
Chocolate Buttercream:
  • 1 1/2 cups Butter softened
  • 1 cup Cocoa
  • 5 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1/3 cup Cream Half n Half or Milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. If you have a flour sifter, sift all dry ingredients.
  3. In mixing bowl, beat oil, eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla for 1 minute. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir until combined. Pour in hot water and mix together. The batter will be liquidy but that’s a good thing — it will create a moist cake.
  4. Spray two 9-inch cake pans with non-stick cooking spray. You can also use three 8-inch cake pans for this recipe. Pour batter evenly into each pan. Bake at 22-27 minutes. Place toothpick or cake tester in the center of the cake to check if it comes out clean.
  5. Let cool before frosting.
To make Chocolate Buttercream:
  1. In mixing bowl, cream together Butter, Cocoa, Powdered Sugar, and Cream until light and fluffy. You may want to add more cream or milk depending on consistency. Once the cake has cooled and has been removed from pans, frost each layer with frosting.
  2. Top with chocolate shavings, chocolate chips, sprinkles, M & M’s or whatever your heart desires.
Recipe Notes

*This recipe makes three 8-inch thin layers to two 9-inch thick layers. If you would like to make a thick triple layer cake, 1 1/2 times the recipe and use three 9-inch cake pans.

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