Dark Chocolate Cake

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As all my family and friends can tell you, I have been trying to come up with the best chocolate cake recipe ever.  After playing with a lot of different recipes, adapting this and that, I think I have finally come up with one that I really like.  Here is the recipe for those who love chocolate…..

 

Dark Chocolate Cake

2 cups boiling water
1 cup dark unsweetened cocoa powder (I like Hersheys Semi Sweet cocoa for this recipe)
1 cup soft unsalted butter
2-1/4 cup white sugar
4 large eggs
1 Tab. vanilla
2-3/4 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 3 8 inch round cake pans. 

Put the cocoa powder in a small bowl, and pour the boiling water on top of it.

Whisk the water and cocoa together until smooth, and then set aside until cooled.

In a mixing bowl or standing mixer, beat the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy.

Add the vanilla and the eggs one at a time until they are completely combined.

Sift all of the dry ingredients together.

Gently add half of the dry ingredients to the batter and half of the chocolate. Mix to combine.

Repeat with the remaining ingredients and mix into a smooth batter.

Divide the batter evenly between the three pans. Bake the cake layers about 25 minutes.  Cool for 5 minutes, then remove from pans and finish cooling on a rack.

Ganache

2 cups heavy cream
1 lb dark chocolate pieces

In a small pot, bring the cream to a simmer. Pour the cream over the chocolate pieces and let sit about 5 minutes.

Whisk the ganache until smooth and shiny. Set aside. Cover a cake plate in a few strips of parchment or wax paper.

Place one of the cake rounds onto the parchment covered cake plate. Put a large dollop of ganache on top. Spread evenly. Follow with another layer and spread with ganache.  Finally top with the third round of cake.

Refrigerate, at least 15-20 minutes.

With the remaining ganache, which should be stiff and the texture of a glossy frosting, frost the cake in a smooth, even layer. Then remove the parchment carefully.  This will keep your cake plate clean.

 

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