Double Chocolate Cake - This recipe for a from scratch double chocolate cake is the basis of so many chocolate cakes that I make. I wanted to give you my basic chocolate cake batter recipe, and in upcoming recipes, I'll give you different ideas using this same cake. I hesitate to call it basic, because it is so moist and delicious there's nothing basic about it!
Double Chocolate Cake
- 2 ½ cups cake flour
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 cup [2 sticks] softened unsalted butter
- 1 ½ cups buttermilk
- ½ cup boiling water mixed with ½ cup of cocoa powder and 1 tsp epsresso powder
- 1 cup semi sweet chocolate melted with 3 Tbsp heavy cream
- 3 large eggs
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp pure vanilla
- 1 tsp salt
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Butter and flour two 8x2 inch round cake pans and add a parchment round to the bottom of each pan. Set aside.
- Mix together the boiling water and cocoa powder until the cocoa powder is completely dissolved. Set this aside.
- Melt the semi-sweet chocolate with the heavy cream and allow it to cool slightly while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
- In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter and and both sugars until light and fluffy. This usually takes around 3-5 minutes.
- Beat in the eggs one at a time stopping to scrape the bowl and beaters as needed.
- Add the vanilla and the water-cocoa mixture. Continue to beat for another 2 minutes until the ingredients are combined.
- In a separate bowl, sift together the dry ingredients.
- Add the dry ingredients to the mixing bowl alternatively with the buttermilk. Add about one quarter at a time starting and ending with the dry ingredients.
- Beat the batter together making sure you stop to scrape the sides of the bowl periodically so all of the ingredients are fully incorporated. Don't be tempted to over mix the batter.
- Add in the melted semi-sweet chocolate and mix well.
- Separate the batter evenly among the prepared pans. Drop the cake pans a couple of times on the counter to remove any trapped air bubbles.
- Bake for 32-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
- Allow the cake to cool almost completely in the pans.
- Then remove the baked layers to a wire rack before icing.
- Ice as desired.
This cake is very moist and tender. It's worth it to go the extra mile adding a parchment round to the bottom of your cake pans to avoid sticking.