Recipe by Maya's Mama
This is a recipe for a very yummy chocolate cake. I went through a lot to get this recipe perfect. But I have it now and thought that I should share it, since this is a cake loved by many. It's rich and creamy, good for adults and kids. And trust me, you'll love it. The key with this cake is taking it out of the oven at the correct time.
Top Review by **Tinkerbell**
OMG! Rich, fudgy, not too dark chocolate cake? So hard to find! You have, IMHO, perfected the homemade chocolate cake. I LOVE the use of brown sugar. It sweetens the chocolate by creating a slight caramelized flavor instead of having a definitive "sweet" or "chocolate" only flavor. I accidentally greased & papered my 8" pans but used them anyway. They baked up perfectly in exactly 30 minutes; taking them out just a tad before I normally would. I thought about adding about 1/2 cup or so of Dutch processed cocoa to the frosting, but I didn't because I like to make the recipe as close to original as possible the first time. Since I know this will not be the last time I make this cake, I'll reserve the chocolate frosting idea for another time. :) However, I did add 2 Tablespoons maraschino cherry juice for flavor & tinted it with pink paste food coloring. Thanks so much for sharing your fabulous recipe, Maya's Mama! Made for Ramadan tag.
For the cake
- 2 1⁄2 cups loosely packed brown sugar
- 2 1⁄4 cups sifted flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1⁄2 cup butter, softened
- 3 eggs
- 3 unsweetened chocolate squares (80g, or 85% or higher)
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 cup boiling water, and
- 1 pinch salt
Butter cream frosting
- 1 lb butter (soft)
- 2 lbs icing sugar
- 1 tablespoon milk (as needed)
Directions See How It's Made
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Melt chocolate in microwave (30 seconds at a time) or in a double boiler.
- Grease two 9-inch cake pans.
- Sift together flour, baking soda, and salt.
- In a separate larger bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter until light.
- Add sugar and continue beating.
- Add eggs one at a time, scraping bowl well after each addition.
- Beat on high speed for 5 minutes.
- Add vanilla and chocolate.
- Stir in sifted dry ingredients alternately with sour cream (starting and ending with flour, i.e. add some flour, then some sour cream, then more flour -- etc).
- Stir in boiling water.
- Pour into pans.
- Bake for 35 minutes (start testing for doneness after about 27 minutes; if there are a few moist crumbs on the tester, it's ok to take it out).
- Cool in pans for 5 to 10 minutes. Remove to a rack and let cool completely before icing.
- To make the frosting: Mix all the frosting ingredients together in mixer. Once it is well mixed, frost the cake generously.
- Enjoy :-D.