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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Perfect Three Layer Chocolate Cake

1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups water; boiling
2 3/4 cups flour; sifted
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter or margarine; soften
2 1/2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

6 ounces semi sweet chocolate pieces
1/2 cup light cream
1 cup butter or margarine
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1 cup heavy cream; chilled
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

In medium sized bowl, combine cocoa with boiling water, mixing with wire whisk until smooth. Cool completely. Sift flour with baking soda, baking powder and salt. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 3, 9-inch cake pans. In large bowl of electric mixer, at high speed, beat butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla until light, scraping bowl occasionally. At low speed, beat in flour mix alternately with cocoa mix, beginning and ending with flour. Do not over beat. Divide batter evenly into prepared pans. Bake 25-30 minutes or until surface springs back when touched. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Carefully loosen sides with spatula; remove from pans; cool completely on wire racks.

Frosting: In medium saucepan, combine chocolate pieces, cream and butter; stir over medium heat until smooth. Remove from heat. With wire whisk, blend in powdered sugar. In bowl set over ice, beat until frosting holds it shape.

Filling: Whip cream with powdered sugar and vanilla: Refrigerate. Assemble: On plate, place a layer top side down; spread with half of the filling. Place second layer top side down; spread with remaining filling. Place third layer top side up. With spatula, frost sides first, covering whipped cream filling; frost remaining cake, swirling decoratively. Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving. To cut, use a thin edged knife and slice with a sawing motion.

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