Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake

Karen Feinen

By
@Ganieda

Basic old fashioned chocolate cake with a chocolate ganache frosting. Make the frosting first so it can chill while you're making the cake.


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Serves:
12
Prep:
10 Min
Cook:
30 Min
Method:
Bake

Ingredients

CHOCOLATE GANACHE

12 oz
(2 cups) semisweet chocolate chips
2 c
heavy (whipping) cream

CAKE

2 c
all-purpose flour
2 c
granulated sugar
1 tsp
baking soda
1 c
water
1/4 c
unsweetened cocoa powder
1 c
(2 sticks) unsalted butter
1/2 c
plain yogurt or buttermilk
2 large
eggs
1 tsp
vanilla extract
for garnish: chocolate curls (see note) and confectioner's sugar

Step-By-Step

1CHOCOLATE GANACHE:
Put chocolate chips into a large (not plastic) bowl. Bring cream to a boil in a medium saucepan. Pour cream over chocolate and stir until melted and smooth. Refrigerate 2 hours or until firm enough to spread.
2Adjust racks to divide oven in thirds. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease three 8-inch layer cake pans. Line bottoms with parchment; grease parchment.
3CAKE:
Mix flour, sugar and baking soda in a large bowl.
4Put water and cocoa powder into a saucepan. Add butter in small chunks. Stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil and the butter melts.
5Pour over flour mixture and beat with whisk or electric mixer until blended.
6Beat in yogurt, eggs and vanilla until blended. Batter will be thin.
7Pour into prepared pans. Stagger pans on oven racks and bake, switching position of pans once to ensure even layers, 25 - 30 minutes until a pick inserted in center of cakes comes out clean.
8Cool in pans on wire rack 10 minutes. Invert cakes on rack and peel off paper. Turn cakes right side up and cool completely.
9Place 1 layer on serving plate. Spread with 1/2 cup frosting. Repeat with second layer. Spread remaining frosting over sides and top of cake.
10Garnish with chocolate curls, then dust with confectioner's sugar.
11NOTE FOR CURLS:
Hold a bar or square of semisweet chocolate in your hands until barely softened. Slowly and firmly pull a swivel blade vegetable peeler across chocolate to make curls.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian, Kosher, Soy Free
Other Tags: For Kids, Heirloom