Since I WAS getting carried away and rarely do things half measure, a chocolate cake was definitely in order for my birthday. Need I say more?
I had a great day spent with my coolest friend, my baby girl! I end the day tired but happy.
for the cake
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup dutch cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup oil (any cooking oil will do)
2 large eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup of hot water
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Grease and flour a 9-inch round cake pan. With a hand mixer, in a bowl, combine the sugar, brown sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt and mix on low speed until blended. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the oil, eggs, buttermilk and vanilla. Slowly add the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients on low speed until fully blended. Scrape around the bowl with a rubber spatula, scrape the bottom and the sides. Slowly, adding the hot water into the batter. Blend well on medium speed. The batter will be thin at this point, but don’t worry. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and bake for 35 to 45 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a cooling rack and cool completely.
200 grams dark chocolate (60%) finely chopped
225 grams butter, softened
1 tsp of vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups of confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup dutch cocoa powder
Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Make sure the bowl is not touching the water. With your hand mixer, in a bowl, beat the butter on medium speed until fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Add the vanilla and continue mixing for a minute more. Turn the mixer to low and gradually add the confectioners’ sugar and cocoa powder, then turn the speed back to medium and mix until smooth. Next, add the melted chocolate and mix until well blended. If your frosting looks a little runny, don’t worry, just let it sit for 5 or 10 minutes or until it’s hard enough to frost the cake.
Carefully, cut the cake in two layers and evenly spread some of the chocolate buttercream. Place the layer back on top. Spread the rest of the buttercream on the cake and let the birthday girl/boy decorate!