Recipe For Chocolate Cake – A One-Bowl Chocolate Cake With a Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
Recipe for Chocolate Cake – Create the delicious taste of bakery-quality cake without the complexity or fuss. A one-bowl chocolate cake featuring rich, chocolaty frosting you can whip up without needing a stand mixer; its moist crumb is balanced perfectly by ultra-creamy buttercream for the finishing touch!
For an ultra-moist and tender chocolate cake, combine oil, milk and boiling water in equal proportions for optimal results. This combination ensures the cake gets an elegant rise while staying extra soft and moist due to the vegetable oil fats and protein from milk providing structure to the batter; making this an exceptionally durable cake without drying out quickly as may happen with other recipes. The temperature of boiling water also plays a factor in its moisture-retaining abilities.
This cake uses unsweetened cocoa powder for its deep chocolate flavor without being too sweet. Regular cocoa will still provide some chocolatey taste, but won’t achieve as dark a hue as with unsweetened cocoa. Quality chocolate makes all the difference for taste; I prefer Dutch processed cocoa as its less bitter than regular unsweetened cocoa and has an exceptional taste profile.
Baking powder and soda provide this recipe with its signature rise, while eggs keep it light while buttermilk acts as both leavening agent and rich flavor enhancer. When using eggs at room temperature and without overworking the batter, sunken cakes will likely result.
Vegetable oil adds moisture and flavor to cakes without the addition of butter – perfect as a replacement option in chocolate cakes!
To create the cake, mix together flour, sugar, cocoa powder and salt in a large bowl. Meanwhile, in another bowl combine eggs, vanilla extract, buttermilk and boiling water until completely mixed together. Finally, slowly incorporate wet ingredients to dry ingredients while stirring continuously until smooth and thoroughly combined. Pour your batter into prepared pans and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, approximately 30-35 minutes.
Once the cake has set, make the frosting. Arrange one layer on a serving platter or cake stand, spreading 1 cup of chocolate frosting evenly across its surface. Carefully arrange another cake layer on top and spread any additional frosting around its perimeter and sides as needed before finishing off your masterpiece with festive sprinkles or chopped nuts before serving for maximum fun! Enjoy!