|I like to decorate this cake very simply, it is a classic, moist chocolate cake, and doesn't need much added.|
A few things to note, the batter gets a final addition of boiling water, which makes a very runny mixture, and seems wrong. But the recipe calls for baking powder, which, in its standard form, is dual acting, meaning it starts to react under two influences, moisture and heat. I think the boiling water not only adds moisture but kick starts the leavening action, making this a very tender cake.
And this gives me a chance to share a great tip: I found I was out of baking powder, so I made some, very easy to do, mix 1/3 cream of tartar to 2/3 baking soda. So here, in addition to the baking soda needed, I replaced the baking powder with 1/2 tsp. of cream of tartar and 1 tsp. more of baking soda.
Super Rich Chocolate Cake
2 cups sugar
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup cocoa (I use Special Dark Cocoa)
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water
Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans.
Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour batter into prepared pans.
Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely. Frost with "PERFECTLY CHOCOLATE" CHOCOLATE FROSTING. 10 to 12 servings.
|Alternate milk and powdered sugar to the melted butter/cocoa mixture.|
2/3 cup cocoa
3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
|Recipe can be made with a thick spreadable frosting or . . .|
|a more pourable frosting, with more milk added.|
|The frosting spreads very easily and will set up a bit as the melted butter re-sets after mixing.|
ONE-PAN CAKE: Grease and flour 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan. Heat oven to 350° F. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 35 to 40 minutes. Cool completely. Frost.
THREE LAYER CAKE: Grease and flour three 8-inch round baking pans. Heat oven to 350°F. Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake 30 to 35 minutes. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely. Frost.
BUNDT CAKE: Grease and flour 12-cup Bundt pan. Heat oven to 350°F. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 50 to 55 minutes. Cool 15 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack. Cool completely. Frost.
CUPCAKES: Line muffin cups (2-1/2 inches in diameter) with paper bake cups. Heat oven to 350°F. Fill cups 2/3 full with batter. Bake 22 to 25 minutes. Cool completely. Frost. About 30 cupcakes.