Sunday, June 21, 2009

Betsy's Best Chocolate Cake

He pronounced it the BEST EVER CHOCOLATE CAKE...
and I totally agree! If you like dark chocolate and super
moist layers, this is the cake for you!
I started with a recipe online but tweaked it a bit...now it
is absolutely perfect.
Betsy's Chocolate Cake
2 c sugar
1 and 3/4 c flour
3/4 c cocoa
2 t baking soda
1 t baking powder
1 t salt
2 eggs
1 c buttermilk
1 c black coffee
1/2 c oil
1 t vanilla
Sift dry ingredients, then place
all the above ingredients together
in mixer. Beat 2 minutes at med. speed.
Divide between 3 8" rounds which have
been greased and lined with parchment paper.
Bake 20-25 minutes at 325 degrees.
Mine took 26 minutes.
Toothpick test should yield moist crumbs.
After cooling, layer with chocolate
buttercream frosting....
1 stick soft butter
4 c powdered sugar
1/3 c cocoa
splash of vanilla
2-4 T milk
Mix until smooth and creamy,
and quite soft. Add more milk
if you need to. It should be the
consistancy of mousse.
Grease hands before handling layers.
They are very sticky!
6 oz heavy cream, heated just to boiling.
9 oz chocolate chips.
Stir both together until smooth and
chips have melted. Will thicken as it
cools. When thick but pourable, pour
on top of layers and spread down the
sides to completely cover cake.
This is good served immediately, but even better
after it aged one day.


  1. Betsy...it looks AMAZING!
    Can I tell you that I blame YOU for my love of chocolate cake for breakfast? One morning YEARS ago when our now teen guys were little, you brought over a piece of chocolate cake and I wolfed it down (with coffee, of course!) and ever since chocolate cake is PERFECT for breakfast! ;)
    I will try your tweaked recipe!

  2. Looks heavenly! It reminds me a lot of the one I always make with the mousse filling. Man, I could polish off a piece of that right now!

  3. wow this is amazing...I am impressed ...from scratch...yum

  4. It looks wonderful! A slice of that with a glass of cold milk would make my day!

  5. Oh Betsy - you are bad to show such a yummy cake when I am starting a diet today!

    It does look really yummy and the perfect cake for a special occasion, I'll be saving this recipe for later.

  6. Jill ~ I miss being able to share treats over the backyard fence! :(
    Isn't your birthday this week? You should request this cake! :)

  7. And it looks wonderful complimented with blue!

    My mouth is watering. I. want. some. now!

  8. There is no way I would be able to make it as good as that! It looks divine.

    CJ xx

  9. I am not a fan of chocolate (headache) but it looks wonderful......

  10. if it's better the second day, then what time will you be up and serving cake tomorrow morning? hee hee i would settle for a big spoon full of that buttercream frosting. oh my!

  11. YUMMY!!! Sounds like the perfect breakfast food to me. I'm more the chocolate nut at my house (between Hubby and me). This looks delish and I can't wait to try it.

  12. Scrump-dilly-icious! That's what that is. As I said on your Father's Day post - "Could chocolate get any darker?" I think the Mister's pronouncement was correct. Brava!

  13. Scrump-dilly-icious! That's what that is. As I said on your Father's Day post - "Could chocolate get any darker?" I think the Mister's pronouncement was correct. Brava!

  14. I love chocolate cake, but I must admit that word "ganache" scares me off. Was it difficult?


    P.S. I love your new header photo - so vibrant, like you!

  15. Kat ~ ganache is actually easier than making frosting! It's just chocolate chips stirred into hot cream...so simple!

  16. YUMMM! I have got to try this.

  17. This looks so amazing, Betsy!! And I love chocolate cake!!

  18. oh my goodness this looks so good! I love all your recipes! You should do a cookbook!

  19. Looks divine. One of these days I'm going to have to get a third layer pan and try it.

  20. This looks so delicious! I'm so happy that I stopped by your blog. I'm your newest follower!


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