Chocolate Layer Cake

This recipe, from Cynthia Avice of Lusby, Maryland, calls for a cup of freshly brewed coffee to be added to the batter. You won't taste it in the finished cake; the coffee is there to intensify the flavor of the chocolate.

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  • Servings: 10

Source: Everyday Food, September

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces, plus more for pans
  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, (spooned and leveled)
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup strong coffee, cooled
  • 1 package (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips, (2 cups)
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk

Directions

  1. Make cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter two 8-inch round cake pans. Line bottom of pans with parchmentpaper rounds; butter parchment. Set pans aside.

  2. Heat butter and chocolate in a bowl set over (not in) a pan of simmering water, stirring occasionally, until almost melted. Remove from heat; stir until completely melted.

  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together granulated sugar, flour, baking soda, and salt. In a large bowl, combine sour cream and eggs; whisk in coffee. Gradually add dry ingredients then chocolate mixture, stirring until just combined. Divide batter equally among prepared pans.

  4. Place pans on same rack in oven; bake, rotating pans halfway through, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached, 30 to 35 minutes. Cool in pans 10 minutes; run a knife along edge of cakes, then invert onto a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.

  5. Make frosting: Heat chocolate and butter in a mixer bowl set over (not in) a pan of simmering water, stirring occasionally, until almost melted. Remove from heat; stir until completely melted.

  6. With mixer on low speed, add vanilla and salt. Gradually add confectioners' sugar and milk in alternating batches; beat until smooth. Let stand 5 minutes.

  7. To frost cake, place a cake layer bottom side up, on a serving plate (tuck strips of waxed or parchment paper under edge of cake), spread about 3/4 cup frosting over the top. Place the other cake layer on top; cover assembled cake with remaining frosting.

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