I used to think that baking cakes from scratch was a very scary thing. However, like any skill, practice makes perfect, and once I got over my fear of cakes, I learned they're actually quite simple to make!
There's an easy three-part technique that applies to most cakes. You start by blending sugar with butter, then you add eggs, and finally some liquid and some flour. You put it in the oven, wait, and then you have a cake. See? When written in its most basic form, a cake recipe is totally uncomplicated!
This recipe for an amazingly dense and delicious chocolate cake is one that you should master. It's moist, rich, and everything you could want in a chocolate cake. To give it a try, get the method now.
For the cake Makes 1 two-layer cake.
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup hot brewed coffee
1 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup sugar
1 cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
For the frosting
8 ounces unsweetened chocolate
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla extract
Pinch of sea salt
2 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar
3/4 cup sour cream
For the cake
Makes 1 two-layer cake.