simple chocolate cake with Butter Cream frosting
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Simple Chocolate Cake with Butter Cream Icing

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This Simple Chocolate Cake with Butter Cream Icing is a delicious, moist cake that is perfect for any occasion.

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It’s an old fashioned thing, but perhaps I am old fashioned. But I love to make my daughters birthday cake. I haven’t always made them myself or completely home made for that matter.

But these past few years doing it has made the birthday just that much more special. My hope is that it leaves something with her that makes her crave a cake from me which I will happily deliver no matter where she is in the world, cause I am THAT mom. Let’s get to the good stuff.

What you’ll need to make this Simple Chocolate Cake with Butter Cream Icing:

For the Chocolate Cake:

1 cup of cocoa powder

1 ¾ cup of all purpose flour

2 tsp of baking powder

½ cup of olive oil

1/2 tbsp vanilla

2 cups of sugar

1 cup milk

2 eggs

1.5 tsp of baking soda

1 cup boiling water

1 tsp salt

2- 9 inch cake tins or 9 x13 cake pan

Directions For Cake:

Heat oven to 350°F/177°C.

Start by boiling 1 cup of water either in a sauce pan or using a kettle.

In a mixing bowl or using a stand mixer mix together the sugar, oil, vanilla, milk and eggs.

In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cocoa powder. Set aside.

Take the hot cup of water and slowly combine it into the wet mixture (shown)

Slowly pour the dry mixture in with the wet. Mix until completely combined. The batter will be thin. That is what you want.

Pour the batter evenly into your waiting greased cake tins or cake pan. Bake for about 30 to 35 minutes.

You can poke it in the center with a toothpick to make sure it comes out clean and is done.

Let it cool completely before frosting. 

Buttercream Frosting:

1 lb powdered sugar (or 3.8 cups)

1 tbsp vanilla

2 sticks of unsalted butter

4 tbsp milk

A hand or stand mixer

Bring butter to room temperature and with a whip attachment cream the butter, vanilla, milk and sugar together until it is fully incorperated and a fluffy texture. Frost as desired.

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simple chocolate cake with Butter Cream frosting

Simple Chocolate Cake with Butter Cream Icing

Yield: 15 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

A delicious simple chocolate cake with butter cream icing.

Ingredients

  • Chocolate Cake:
  • For the Chocolate Cake:
  • 1 cup of cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tbsp vanilla
  • 1 cup of milk
  • ½ cup of olive oil
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp of baking powder
  • 1.5 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 ¾ cup of all purpose flour or whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Butter Cream Frosting
  • 4 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter
  • 4 tbsp milk

Instructions

Chocolate Cake

  1. Heat the oven 350°F/177°C
  2. Start by boiling 1 cup of water either in a sauce pan or using a kettle.
  3. In a mixing bowl or using a stand mixer mix together the sugar, oil, vanilla, milk and eggs.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cocoa powder. Set aside.
  5. Take the hot cup of water and slowly combine it into the wet mixture (shown)
  6. Slowly pour the dry mixture in with the wet. Mix until completely combined. The batter will be thin. That is what you want. Pour the batter evenly into your waiting greased cake tins or cake pan. Bake for about 30 to 35 minutes.
  7. You can poke it in the center with a toothpick to make sure it comes out clean and is done.
  8. Let it cool completely before frosting. 

Butter Cream Frosting:

  1. Bring butter to room temperature and with a hand mixer cream the butter while slowly adding in a cup of sugar at a time.
  2. Add your vanilla and milk. The texture should be creamy not stiff. If stiff you can add another tbsp of milk.
  3. I don’t put mine in the fridge otherwise it gets too stiff and tends to tear the cake when frosting. Instead I make it when the cake is just about cooled and ready to be frosted. Frost as desired.

Notes

Cake batter will be thin from the hot water. This will ensure the cake is moist.


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