CLASSIC CHOCOLATE CAKE



CLASSIC CHOCOLATE CAKE

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2 cups of all-purpose flour

2 cups of granulated sugar

3/4 cup of sifted Dutch-processed cocoa powder

2 teaspoons of baking soda

1 teaspoon of baking powder

1 teaspoon of salt

1/2 cup of vegetable oil

1 cup of room temperature buttermilk

1 cup of hot water

2 large eggs at room temperature

2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract

For the Luxurious Chocolate Swiss Meringue Buttercream:


5 large egg whites

1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar

1 1/2 cups of room temperature unsalted butter

8 ounces of high-quality dark chocolate, chopped, melted, and cooled*

For the Show-Stopping Assembly:


Chocolate curls or sprinkles for that extra wow factor


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Creating the Divine Chocolate Cake:


Begin by preheating your oven to 350°F. Grease two 8-inch round baking pans and give them a gentle dusting of cocoa powder. Place parchment paper at the bottom of each pan for easy release.

In the bowl of your stand mixer equipped with a paddle attachment, combine all the dry ingredients – flour, sugar, sifted cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Give it a quick stir to blend.

In a separate medium-sized bowl, whisk together all the wet ingredients – vegetable oil, buttermilk, hot water (pour it in slowly to avoid cooking the eggs), eggs, and vanilla extract.

Now, introduce the wet mixture into the dry mixture and let your stand mixer do its magic. Mix on medium for about 2-3 minutes until the batter becomes delightfully smooth and slightly thin.

Equally distribute this heavenly batter into your prepared pans. For precision, consider using a kitchen scale.

Bake your chocolate dreams in the preheated oven for approximately 45 minutes or until a cake tester comes out mostly clean.

Once baked to perfection, allow the cakes to cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then gracefully transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Crafting the Irresistible Chocolate Swiss Meringue Buttercream:


Place your egg whites and sugar into your stand mixer’s bowl. Whisk them together until they harmoniously combine.

Create a double boiler on your stovetop and set the mixer bowl on it. Whisk the mixture constantly until it becomes hot and no longer feels grainy to the touch (approximately 3 minutes). Alternatively, you can use a candy thermometer, and once the mixture registers 160°F, it’s ready.

Return the bowl to your stand mixer and whip on medium-high until the meringue reaches stiff peaks and cools down. You’ll know it’s ready when the bowl is no longer warm to the touch, which should take around 5-10 minutes.

Switch to the paddle attachment, and with finesse, add the room-temperature butter in small cubes. Mix until your buttercream achieves a luxurious, smooth consistency.

It’s time to introduce the cooled, melted chocolate into the mix. Whip until your buttercream becomes a decadent chocolate delight.

Assembling the Masterpiece:


Place one of your luscious chocolate cake layers on a cake board or plate of your choice. Spread approximately 1 cup of your chocolate Swiss meringue buttercream evenly over the top.

Gently nestle the second cake layer on top and apply a thin crumb coat all around. Let it chill in the refrigerator for a cool 20 minutes.

Once the chill has set in, generously spread 1 cup of frosting over the top and ensure an even distribution. Smooth the sides and level the top, then let your artistic side shine by creating a beautiful swirl pattern on top using a large offset spatula.

Elevate your cake’s visual appeal by adding rows of frosting around the sides with the finesse of a pastry chef. Start from the bottom, applying even pressure while rotating your turntable. Continue this delightful process until you reach the cake’s pinnacle, ensuring seamless alignment at the back.

For the piรจce de rรฉsistance, decorate the cake’s summit with exquisite chocolate curls, pearls, or flakes, elevating its visual allure and tempting anyone who gazes upon it.

Serve this Ultimate Chocolate Delight Cake with pride, knowing you’ve created a masterpiece that’s not only a feast for the eyes but a true chocolate lover’s dream.

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