Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake With Glossy Chocolate Icing

Recipe by PanNan
READY IN: 1hr 10mins




  • Preheat oven to 350 with rack in the center.
  • Spray two 8" round cake pans with nonstick spray.
  • Whisk dry cake ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
  • Combine water, oil, vinegar, instant coffee granules, and vanilla in a large measuring cup.
  • Add to the dry ingredients and whisk until combined- a few lumps are ok.
  • Divide batter between the two pans (about 3 cups each), then bake until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean (35- 40 min).
  • Cool cakes for 15 minutes on a rack, then invert them onto the rack.
  • Leave upside down until completely cooled before frosting them.
  • To make icing, melt butter in large saucepan over medium heat.
  • Stir in sugar, cocoa, and salt- the mixture will be thick/grainy.
  • Combine cream, sour cream and coffee granules in a large measuring cup, mixing until smooth.
  • Gradually add cream mixture to chocolate until blended and smooth.
  • Cook until sugar has dissolved, and mixture is smooth and hot to the touch.
  • Take mixture off the heat, and add vanilla.
  • Cool at room temperature until spreadable (up to three hours).
  • If it isn't getting thick enough to be spreadable, put in the refrigerator until thick enough to spread.
  • If it gets too thick to spread easily, warm gently in the microwave until it's just right (20 seconds or so, repeat if necessary).
  • Stir well, and ice cake, frosting first layer, then placing second layer on top, and icing the top and then the sides.