Wednesday, July 8, 2009
The Best Chocolate Cake
I know, everyone thinks they have the best chocolate cake recipe ever devised. The truth is that this one really is the best (stop laughing, Patty). This is Rick's absolute favorite thing I've ever created in the kitchen. The photo on the right shows just how dense and moist this cake is. Here goes.
1 cup cocoa powder (for this recipe, I splurge and use Dutch process cocoa)
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons instant coffee powder
3 sticks unsalted butter
3 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
5 eggs (yes, 5)
1 cup buttermilk (I mix 2 tablespoons lemon juice with milk to make 1 cup)
1/4 cup water
An electric mixer makes this cake a snap, so if you have one, use it!
Cream the butter until fluffy.
Add sugar and vanilla. Beat until smooth.
Add the eggs one at a time, beating after each addition.
Mix in the dry ingredients alternating with the liquids.
Beat until super smooth.
Pour into buttered bundt pan.
Bake in preheated 325 oven for 1 hour and 20 minutes (check it at this point to see if it needs 10 more minutes)