Saturday, June 8, 2013

Chocolate Cake

Yield: double-layer, 8" or 9" round cake, or approx 26 to 30 cupcakes
 
Ingredients
  • 2 c. sugar
  • 2 c. all-purpose flour
  • ¾ c. Hershey's Cocoa Special Dark
  • 1 ½ t. baking powder
  • 1 ½ t. baking soda
  • 1 t. salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 c. milk or buttermilk
  • ½ c. vegetable oil
  • 2 t. vanilla extract, dark
  • 1 c. boiling water

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Prepare cake pans with non-stick cooking spray or cupcake pan with paper cupcake liners.
  2. Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large mixing bowl.
  3. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes.
  4. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin).
  5. Pour batter into prepared pans. 
  6. For rounds, bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.  For cupcakes,  fill cups full and bake 22 to 25 minutes.
  7. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks.
  8. Cool completely.   Frost.


Hot tip:  To save on clean-up, pour half the batter into a 4 c. measuring cup (or something large with a spout), pour into cupcake liners.  This helps reduce wasted batter on drips and improve size uniformity.  Pour the remaining batter into the measuring cup for additional filling and baking.

Notes: I prefer using buttermilk and always add the yogurt if I have it on hand.
 
Adapted from Hershey's Chocolate Cake

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