The Cake Boss's Chocolate Cake Recipe

The Cake Boss's Chocolate Cake Recipe
The Cake Boss's Chocolate Cake Recipe

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

Ingredients

  • 1

    1⁄2 cups cake flour, plus more for flouring the cake pans

  • 1

    1⁄2 cups sugar 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened at room temperature

  • 1

    ⁄3 cup cocoa

  • 1

    teaspoon baking soda

  • 1

    ⁄4 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1

    ⁄3 cup melted unsweetened Baker’s chocolate

  • 1

    ⁄2 cup hot water

  • 2

    extra-large eggs, at room temperature

  • 1

    ⁄2 cup buttermilk

  • Unsalted butter, for greasing two cake pans (about 2 tablespoons)

  • nonstick cooking spray or vegetable oil may be substituted

Directions

1. Position a rack in the center of the oven, and preheat the oven to 350°F. 2. Put the flour, sugar, butter, cocoa, baking soda, and baking powder in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. (If you don’t have a stand mixer, you can put the ingredients in a bowl, and use a hand mixer with the blending attachments, but take extra care to not overmix.) Mix on slow just until the ingredients are blended together, a few seconds, then raise the speed to low-medium and continue to mix until smooth, approximately 1 additional minute. 3. Stop the motor and pour in the chocolate. Mix for 1 minute, then, with the motor running, pour in the hot water. Then add the eggs, 1 egg at a time, adding the next one after the previous one has been absorbed. With the motor still running, pour in the buttermilk. Stop the motor periodically and scrape from the bottom with a rubber spatula to be sure all the ingredients are fully integrated, and return the mixer to low-medium speed. Continue to mix for an additional minute to ensure the eggs are fully absorbed. This will help insure that all the sugar is dissolved and the flour is thoroughly mixed in, which will help produce a luxurious mouthfeel in the final cake. Before baking, be sure the batter is at 70°F to 73°F, or the cake will crown. (If it is too warm, put it in the refrigerator for a few minutes; if too cool, let it rest at room temperature.) 4. Grease two 9-inch cake pans (2 inches high) with the butter, and flour them.

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