Tuesday, April 30, 2013

"The Best Chocolate Cake Ever"-Tasty Tuesday 2

Whenever I come across something claiming to be the best anything on pinterest, I'm typically suckered in to trying it. I know I know. Silliness. I'm also one of those people who buys food based on how "cute" it looks, even though I'm fully aware my money is actually going for the packaging instead of the product. But I digress...

So this time when I came across the recipe for the "Best Chocolate Cake Ever" on pinterest and I had pretty much all the ingredients, I went for it. It turned out to be super easy, and super delicious. Was it the best? Hard to say. But pretty stinking amazing and quite possibly my new favorite "go to" chocolate cake? Yes I think so.

Chocolate Cake
Printable Recipe
-2 cups all-purpose flour
-2 cups sugar
-3/4 cup cocoa
-2 teaspoons baking powder
-1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
-1 teaspoon salt
-1 teaspoon espresso powder
-1 cup milk
-1/2 cup vegetable oil
-2 eggs
-2 teaspoons vanilla
-1 cup boiling water

Chocolate Frosting
-3 sticks (1 1/2 cups) butter
-1 cup cocoa
-5 cups powdered sugar
-1/2 cup milk
-2 teaspoons vanilla
-1/2 teaspoon espresso powder

Preheat oven to 350 and prepare 2-9 inch cake pans by greasing and flouring. For the cake whisk together (or use a stand mixer with the paddle attatchment) the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt and espresso powder. (I didn't have any espresso powder and was too danged impatient to wait until I got some. Remember? It said it was the best-I was in a hurry).

Next add the milk, oil, eggs, and vanilla and combine well. Then slowly add the boiling water and beat on high for about 1 minute to add some air into the batter. (This sounded made up to me. I did it anyways. Actions shot for proof I guess.)

Next pour the batter evenly, or as evenly as possible if you're me, and bake for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

This is one of those nice cakes that you can frost while it's warm. Don't you love it when that happens? Let's be honest by the time the cake cools and I can frost it I've already cleaned the kitchen and dread going back and making a whole new frosting mess. So on this one? Let's make life simple and make the frosting while the kitchen is still dirty and the cakes are baking! For some reason I forgot to take pictures of this part. Who even knows at this point.

So add cocoa to a large bowl and whisk through to get out any lumps. I suggest a mixer, or at least a hand mixer for the frosting. I guess this day I just felt like getting my arm workout in early and decided to go manual. It's totally do-able, not exactly pleasant. After the cocoa is nice and fine, melt the butter and combine it with the cocoa. Then alternate adding 1 cup powdered sugar and 1 tablespoon milk, mixing on high until well combined after each addition until all the powdered sugar and milk has been added. Add vanilla and espresso powder and combine well. If frosting appears too thick add milk, or if too thin add more sugar. For me it was perfect just as the recipe called for. Once the cakes have cooled for about 10 minutes go ahead and frost them!

This cake was delicious. Super moist, which is always a must for me. And that frosting? Totally worth the sore arm the next day. It was like a creamy fudge. The hubby and I were just too tempted to wait until it cooled to cut a slice, thus the following not-so-pretty picutre...

After it cooled, it looked a lot better. Wait until it cools, or eat it with your eyes closed and enjoy it entirely. Either way make this cake asap.

Printable recipe found here

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  1. yummmm. i'm such a sucker for chocolate cake.
    especially with homemade chocolate frosting.

    it's a good thing i'm only allowing sweets on the weekend these days. otherwise i'd have to make this RIGHT THIS VERY SECOND. :)


    1. I admire you're sweets only on weekend rules!! Knowing me I'd overload so much it would totally ruin the "good" week days.

  2. I love best ever recipes!!! And I love when they live up to their hype. Will definitely have to give this a try. It looks delicious! Thanks for linking up!!

  3. Holy Smokes, that looks great! And with a tall glass of ice cold milk...heavenly!

  4. This looks SOOOOO good. I want a piece, NOW.

    1. If there was a crumb left, I would happily share :)

  5. Chocolate cake is my weakness. This looks and sounds heavenly! I know espresso powder brings out and enhances the chocolatey flavor, that's probably why they called for it. I bet it was amazing even without it!

    I might have to go make this tonight! Thank you for giving me another go-to recipe!

    1. Susan, it was great without the espresso powder, but I agree with you, it would probably make it even better!! I also saw where someone didn't have espresso powder so they left out the cup of boiling water and used a cup of freshly brewed coffee instead. Didn't try this so I'm not sure personally, but they said it worked great!! Hope you like it!

  6. OMG I think I smell this from my house. Delish!!! This is such an awesome post. I would love it if you would share this post at our WIW linky party. Hope you can join us and Happy Mother’s Day! :-)


  7. Looks good! I'm the opposite, I always seem to skip over the "best ever" pins. I guess too much pressure for them to be really, really good. I know... I know... weird. Might have to try this one though since it turned out so good for you.
    Lucy @coffeewithus3.blogspot.com

    Found you at PinterTest Kitchen

  8. Thanks for linking, your super yummy cake was a feature this week! Please feel free to stop by and grab a featured button.

  9. Love a good recipe for chocolate cake! I would love for you to share at my Tried and True party! I found you from the Marvelous Monday party! http://rediscovermom.blogspot.com/2013/05/tried-and-true-recipe-14.html

    1. Thanks for stopping by Jackie! I've linked up my recipe with you and followed you!

  10. I love Chocolate Cake! This looks delicious!!
    Thanks for sharing.

  11. Is espresso powder, instant espresso?