i haven’t baked a layer cake in such a long time, so long! that my family asked me, “what’s the occasion?!” when i set this plump and dark and fragrant cocoa cake in front of them. after a dinner of IKEA meatballs, roast fingerling potatoes and steamed broccoli…they were very perplexed.
eh. i said. just because. sometimes a chocolate cake is all you need to make things feel right.
i only had a little bit of heavy cream: when whipped there was only enough for the in-between and the top of the layers. i also had it with a scoop of pistachio ice cream. i am so so bad.
this is our current favorite chocolate layer cake. yah i know, i always say that about the latest recipe–but this is just so moist and intensely cocoa-ey and if you’re a fan of alkalized cocoa, as we are, you’ll reel from the chocolate buzz and almost dizzy feeling. it must be love.
* make sure to use only Dutch-processed unsweetened cocoa; i searched high and low, far and wide until i found this at the newly opened Wegman’s in Northborough, MA, but there are other brands like Droste, and Hershey’s used to make one.
* have ingredients at room temperature unless specified otherwise.
decadent cocoa cake
(adapted from the Rademayer Dutch-processed unsweetened cocoa back-of-the-box)
3 cups flour
2 tsps. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 cup Dutch-processed unsweetened cocoa (with alkali)
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup melted butter
2 & 1/2 cups sugar
2 cups warm water
1/ & 1/2 tsps. pure vanilla extract
preheat oven to 350°F. prepare two 9-inch round cake pans: butter the bottom and up the sides of the pans, line with parchment paper, then rub with butter and coat with flour. shake off excess flour.
sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt. set aside.
in a large mixing bowl, combine oil, butter, sugar and eggs.
add water and vanilla extract.
slowly add flour and cocoa mixture. mix only until thoroughly combined. pour batter into the prepared pans and bake for 30-35 minutes or until a wooden toothpick stuck into the center comes out clean.
allow to cool in pans.