Recently, my husband celebrated his birthday (June 25). He requested this chocolate cake. It was yummy and pretty to boot. Now, the frosting is very, very rich. Just a warning! No better way to celebrate your birthday than with your children and a triple chocolate cake. Happy Birthday, Adam!
Note: I also made this cake with the peanut butter frosting from a previous cake post. I doubled the frosting ingredients and it was delicious also. My boys liked it better with the peanut butter than the chocolate. Both cakes looked beautiful.
Ingredients for Cake:
2 cups butter (4 sticks), plus more for greasing cake pans
1 cup cocoa, plus more for dusting
4 cups flour
4 cups sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
2 cups boiling water
1 cup buttermilk
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. vanilla
4 eggs, beaten
Ingredients for frosting:
3 cups whipping cream
2- 12 ounce bags of semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tsp. vanilla
Directions for Cake:
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Heavily grease three 9-inch round cake pans with butter and dust with cocoa.
-In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar and salt.
-In a saucepan, melt 2 cups butter. Add cocoa. Stir together. Add 2 cups of boiling water and allow the mixture to boil for 30 seconds and then remove from heat.
-Pour hot butter mixture over flour mixture and stir gently to cool.
-In a small bowl, combine buttermilk, baking soda, vanilla and beaten eggs. Stir this mixture into the butter and chocolate mixture.
-Divide the batter among the 3 prepared cake pans and bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
-Cool completely before frosting. Refrigerate the layers after cooling.
Directions for Frosting:
-Place chocolate chips in a mixing bowl. (I used my kitchen aid bowl so I could just beat it right in the bowl.)
-In a saucepan, heat cream until very hot.
-Pour hot cream over chocolate chips. Stir to melt chips completely.
-Place bowl in refrigerator to cool and chill.
-Add vanilla and beat with electric mixer until light and airy.
-Frost the cake in between layers,on the top and sides.
-Make a wish and sing “Happy Birthday”!!