Best Chocolate Cake

Best Chocolate Cake
Yield: 14 to 24 cake slices or 24 cupcakes Prep 10 mins

Ingredients

  • Vegetable oil spray
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 1/4 pound butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup ice water

Make It

1. Spray baking pan(s) with oil; set aside

2. In a small bowl set over boiling water, melt chocolate. Remove bowl from heat and let chocolate cool for 5 minutes.

3. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla; mix well. Add chocolate and combine.

4. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Add dry ingredients to the first mixture and blend. Add ice water and beat till smooth. Pour batter into the prepared pans.

5. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean (see Note for baking times). Cool, then frost.

Note

  • 8- or 9-inch squares: 20 to 30 minutes; 13 x 9-inch rectangular cake: 35 to 40 minutes; 2-quart ovenproof bowl: 25 to 30 minutes; 24 cupcakes: 12 to 15 minutes.

Perfect Frosting

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup

Make It

1. In a medium bowl, combine butter, confectioners' sugar, vanilla extract, corn syrup, and milk.

Note

  • For chocolate frosting, substitute 3/4 cup cocoa for 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 263, Fat, total (g): 13, chol. (mg): 49, carb. (g): 36, fiber (g): 1, pro. (g): 2, sodium (mg): 172, calcium (mg): 909, iron (mg): 1, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.