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Recipe For Dense Chocolate Sheet Cake With Chocolate Icing

Come Party With Me: High School Graduation — Dessert

Nothing says high school graduation like a classic sheet cake with "Congratulations Class of 2009" scrolled across the top in loopy, frosted letters. While you could order an insanely sugary cake with too-sweet frosting from Costco or Safeway, why not take the time to make your grad a homemade confection? This recipe for a rich, dense chocolate cake is simple, straightforward, and sure to be a crowd-pleaser. It calls for a fudge-like frosting, but if you have another icing you prefer, use that instead. Get the luscious recipe when you


Black Chocolate Cake With Fudge Icing

Black Chocolate Cake With Fudge Icing

Black Chocolate Cake With Fudge Icing


  1. For the cake:
  2. 2 oz. unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  3. 5 tbsp. plus 1 tsp. unsalted butter, softened
  4. 1 1/4 cups sifted flour
  5. 1 tsp. salt
  6. 1 tsp. baking soda
  7. 1 cup buttermilk
  8. 1 cup sugar
  9. 2 egg yolks
  10. For the frosting:
  11. 2 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
  12. 5 tbsp. cocoa
  13. 6 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
  14. 5 tbsp. hot freshly brewed coffee
  15. 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Melt chocolate in a small heatproof bowl set over a small pot of gently simmering water over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon. Remove bowl from heat and set aside until chocolate is cool.
  3. Meanwhile, grease an 8" square cake pan with 1 tsp. of the butter and set aside.
  4. Sift flour and salt together in a small bowl and set aside. Stir baking soda into buttermilk in another small bowl and set aside.
  5. Beat sugar and the remaining 5 tbsp. butter together in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in egg yolks, then add melted chocolate and beat until thoroughly combined.
  6. Add one third of the flour mixture, then one third of the buttermilk mixture, beating well after each addition. Repeat process to use all of both mixtures, then pour batter into prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean, 40–50 minutes. Transfer cake to a rack to cool in pan, then invert onto a cake plate.
  7. For the frosting: Sift confectioners' sugar and cocoa together in a medium bowl. Stir in butter, then coffee, then vanilla, mixing well with a wooden spoon after each addition, until frosting is smooth.
  8. Ice top and sides of cake with frosting.

Makes one 8-inch cake.

Join The Conversation
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
It looks good, but it wouldn't have worked for my high school graduation. We had a really big party, so we went through almost an entire sheet cake. And, we were so crazy with getting everything ready that I don't think we could have added one more thing to the mix. But I would definitely make this for another event.
pharm_chick pharm_chick 8 years
it looks good, but i could get the same result with a betty crocker box lol.. thats too much work for a dessert thats not all that fancy.
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