Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake

Karen Feinen


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


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

How to Make Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake


    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.
    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.

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About Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake

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

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