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Best Chocolate Cake

Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Spray baking pan(s) with oil; set aside

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

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

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  • 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.

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

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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.

Nutrition Facts (Best Chocolate Cake)

263 calories; total fat 13g; cholesterol 49mg; sodium 172mg; carbohydrates 36g; fiber 1g; protein 2g; calcium 909mg; iron 1mg.

Perfect Frosting

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

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Tips

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

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