Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Perfect Chocolate Cake

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This is the first month that I am participating  in the Crazy Cooking Challenge sponsored by Tina from Mom's Crazy Kitchen. I thought it would be fun to try one of these challenges, but I didn't realize how much work it really would be. This month's challenge was to find a chocolate cake on another person's blog, bake the cake, and post about it.

I looked at a quite a few blogs before I found the cake that I wanted to make. Finally I  found the cake at One Perfect Bite. If you are a chocolate lover then this cake is a must for you to try. The cake is rich and very chocolaty, it has this whipped cream filling that I think goes wonderfully with the cake, and then there is the frosting. The frosting is almost like eating ice cream with this cake, YUM. I have to say it one more time if you love chocolate you must try this cake... you will love it.


The cake is not only two layers it is three layers, now I have never made a three layer cake and so I found it a little tricky assembling the cake. So when you look at my pictures the cake may not look perfect, but that was okay since it tasted lovely. Anyway I think the taste out weighs the way it looks.


So please visit Mary's blog at One Perfect Bite, you won't be sorry. The name of her blog says it all, she has wonderful recipes and beautiful pictures.



Perfect Cake Cake (Source One Perfect Bite)
Ingredients:
Cake
1 cup  unsifted unsweetened cocoa
2 cups boiling water
2 3/4 cups sifted all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup butter or regular margarine, softened
2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
4 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Filling:
1 cup heavy cream, chilled
1/4 cup unsifted confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Frosting
1 package (6 oz.) semisweet chocolate pieces
1 cup butter or regular margarine
2 1/2 cups unsifted confectioners' sugar

Directions:
1. To make the cake: In medium bowl, combine cocoa with boiling water, mixing with wire whisk until smooth. Cool completely. Sift flour with soda, salt, and baking powder. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease three 9 by 1 1/2 inch layer cake pans. Grease and lightly flour pans. Set aside. In a large bowl with an electric mixer  at high speed beat butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla, scraping bowl occasionally, until light,. about 5 minutes. At low speed, beat in flour mixture (in fourths), alternately with cocoa mixture (in thirds), beginning and ending with flour mixture. Do not over beat. Divide evenly into pans smooth the top. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until surface springs back when gently pressed with fingertip. Cool in pans 10 minute. Carefully loosen sides with spatula; remove from pans; cool on racks.
2. To make filling: Whip cream with sugar and vanilla; refrigerate.
3. To make frosting: In medium saucepan, combine chocolate pieces, cream, butter; stir over medium heat until smooth. Remove from heat. With whisk, blend in 2 1/2 cups confectioners, sugar. In bowl set over ice, beat until it holds shape.
4. To assemble and frost cake: On plate, place a layer, top side down; spread with half of whipped cream. Place second layer, top side down; spread with rest of cream. Place third layer, top side up. With spatula, frost sides, first, covering whipped cream; use rest of frosting on top, swirling decoratively. Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving. To cut, us a thin edged sharp knife; slice with a sawing motion.

Note The  cake should e refrigerated, but to prevent the frosting from cracking when cut, let the cake sit a room temperature for about 30 minutes before slicing.




35 comments:

  1. Mmm, a heavenly chocolate cake with whipped cream layers? That sounds fantastic to me! Great choice.

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  2. Oh you know how to get my attention - chocolate cake. This one looks heavenly. Whipped cream too - lovely!!!!

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  3. Sounds like a fun challenge! Your chocolate cake looks delicious - the whipped cream filling and frosting. yum! yes please :)

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  4. What a fun challenge! Your cake looks so yummy--love the filling!

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  5. Oh my goodness, look at all that chocolate! Your cake looks great! Big, rich chocolate cakes like that are about taste - not a perfect appearance. Will pin this... I love Mary's blog too - she always has good stuff on there.

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  6. That cake looks great girl don't you worry about it cause now you know those triple layers are tricky. LOL
    Good job.

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  7. I love Mary's blog and this cake sounds amazing with the whipped cream layers! I can understand why it would be hard to get the three layers with whipped cream filling. I agree though, taste outweighs looks any day.

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  8. Nice chocolate layer cake, looks wonderful nice filling between I read where bakers use dowels to keep the layers straight. andi

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  9. My goal is to make the perfect mac and cheese!

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  10. I'm soglad you liked the cake. You did a lovely job with it.Kudos!!!Have a wonderful day.Blessings...Mary

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  11. Whipped cream filling sounds like the perfect complement to a chocolate cake! Looks like you picked a great recipe to try.

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  12. It looks really delicious & pretty!

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  14. Oh my, death by chocolate cake - so many gorgeous recipes. I love our tiers.....sigh, want some cake. need some cake.

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  15. A seriously rich chocolate treat. I love these cake layers...moist and spongy.

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  16. Welcome to CCC and your cake looks delicious.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my Crazy Cooking Challenge entry: Double Chocolate Meyer Lemon Mousse Cake

    Lisa~~
    Cook Lisa Cook

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  17. Your chocolate cake looks lovely. Triple layer cakes are always so fun! I've never tried one with the whipped cream layers and chocolate frosting, sounds so good.

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  18. Welcome to the group. It's great fun every month. You did wonderfully on your first go. Love the look of this one. So classic.

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  19. Have you ever heard of a Lord Baltimore cake?

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  20. It is a Perfect Chocolate Cake, it looks awesome! Thanks for sharing and hope you have a wonderful week!
    Miz Helen
    #7

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  21. Very nice looking cake. Mary has some fantastic recipes. Welcome to the group!

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  22. it is so great when a cake tastes as good as it looks, and I am sure yours did :)

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  23. That looks so tasty! Chocolate cake is my favorite! I always request it for my birthday. :)

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  24. Oh, this cake would make my family SO happy! Beautifully done!

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  25. I LOVE chocolate cakes, this one looks wonderful!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  26. Accurately named, but I think most things chocolate are perfect. The cream filling makes this recipe stand out, yumm!

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  27. This sounds like chocolate heaven! I love a good chocolate cake. I also love that this has a vanilla filling instead of the typical chocolate frosting or ganache.

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  28. That filling sounds amazing! I'm glad you liked me story!

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