Dragonfly Dark Chocolate Cake

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Serves: 10-12 or about 30 cupcakes
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Cooking Method: Bake


2 c all purpose flour
2 c sugar
1/4 c hershey's special dark cocoa
1/2 c regular cocoa
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 large eggs
1 c buttermilk
1/2 c melted butter
1/2 c vegetable oil
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 c boiling water
1/2 c butter
3 Tbsp hershey's special dark cocoa
1/2 c regular cocoa
abt. 4 1/2 c powdered sugar
1/3-1/2 c half and half
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 pinch salt
2 Tbsp corn syrup, light

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Cynthia Guptill Recipe
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Pahrump, NV (pop. 103,643)
Member Since Jun 2012
Cynthia's notes for this recipe:
I have been looking for a great chocolate cake recipe most of my life. I found a good one then tweaked it up to make it great. ;)
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Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
No, this is not a typo. This is a slow bake cake.
Grease and flour one 9x13 or three 8" round cake pans.
Use liners if making cupcakes.
Put all the ingredients in a large bowl.
Mix till smooth.
Pour in pan(s).
Bake one 9x13 cake, one hour. (Check at 40 min.) Or until toothpick comes out clean.
Bake three 8" round cakes, 40 min. Or until toothpick comes out clean.
Bake cupcakes, 30-35 min. Or until toothpick comes out clean.
I have always had trouble with being able to consistently make a creamy chocolate frosting, until I found this tip on the internet... wait for it... melt the butter. lol
So, for the frosting, melt the butter ;)
stir in the cocoa's till smooth
add powdered sugar and half&half alternately till smooth.
stir in vanilla, and salt. Add the corn syrup, stir till creamy.
This will frost an eight inch three layer cake, cut recipe in half for 9x13 or cupcakes

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user Rose Rauhauser NewYorkWoman - Jun 18, 2012
Cynthia, first of all, luv the name of your town, I'm thinking of a Christmas song, unless I'm mispronouncing it(teehee). This recipe is beautiful and I can't believe that you put down "lightly salted" when your cake decorating is georgeous. Love the leaves and your presentation makes the recipe even more inviting to try. Thanks for the beautiful post.
user Sandy Mika mikasldy - Jun 18, 2012
yum, dark cocoa , and your cake looks gorgeous :]
user scarlet Bruno scb1 - Jun 19, 2012
Rose is right,the decoration is beautiful and you had me at the mention of dark chocolate cocoa. can't wait to make it, thanks
user Christy Lowrance Christy122390 - Jun 19, 2012
Love, love, love it!!!!!! What a pretty cake!! ... and Rose - you are absolutely right about the name of Cynthia's town -- so funny .. Pahrump ..a dum dum .. Have a great day ladies!!!
user Rose Rauhauser NewYorkWoman - Jul 30, 2012
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