Triple Layer Chocolate Cake

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”!!

Triple Chocolate Cake

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