Chocolate-Chocolate Birthday Cake
Chocolate-Chocolate Birthday Cake
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    This is the birthday cake I’ve made for my son since he was about 11. After boxed cakes, ice-cream cakes, a cake in a Darth Vader mold (that year, the party’s theme was “May the Fours Be With You), this cake hit the spot and remains a favorite. It’s a double-layer devil’s-food cake made with cocoa and bittersweet chocolate, the same pair that makes the frosting so luscious.  You can make the layers ahead of time, wrap them and freeze them for up to a month.  As for the frosting, it’s best spread between the layers and over the cake when it’s just made. Once assembled, the cake can be refrigerated overnight. It cuts most easily when it’s cold but tastes best when it’s at room temperature, which is about what it will be once the candles are blown out and the slices put on plates. Ice cream alongside is unnecessary but nice. Hey, it’s a birthday!

    Ingredients

    • 2 sticks (226 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature (plus more for the pan)
    • 2/3 cup (56 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder (plus more for the pan)
    • 2 cups (272 grams) all-purpose flour
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
    • 1 1/4 cups (250 grams) sugar
    • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
    • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
    • 1 cup (240 ml.) buttermilk, well shaken
    • 4 ounces (113 grams) bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled
    • 3 1/3 cups (405 grams) confectioners’ sugar
    • 4 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 3 sticks (339 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
    • 6 ounces (170 grams) bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled
    • 4 1/2 tablespoons buttermilk
    • Small decorations to scatter over the cake, optional

    Instructions

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    Nutrition

    Nutritional Info
    • Servings Per Recipe: 12
    • Amount Per Serving
    • Calories: 876 % Daily Value *
    • Total Fat: 48 g 73.84%
    • Saturated Fat: 30 g 147.8%
    • Trans Fat: 2 g %
    • Cholesterol: 102 mg 34.09%
    • Sodium: 264 mg 11.02%
    • Calcium: 67 mg 6.68%
    • Potassium: 180 mg 5.14%
    • Magnesium: 0 mg 0%
    • Iron: 3 mg 17.71%
    • Zinc: 0 mg 0%
    • Total Carbohydrate: 110 g %
    • Dietary Fiber: 6 g 25.84%
    • Sugar: 85 g
    • Protein: 6 g
    • Alcohol: 0 g
    • Omega 3 Fatty Acid: 1 g
    • Omega 6 Fatty Acid: 1 g
    • Vitamin A 23.78%
    • Vitamin C 0.44%
    • Vitamin D 0.07%
    • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
    Diabetes Exchanges
    • Exchange - Fat9
    • Exchange - Fruit0
    • Exchange - NonFat Milk0
    • Exchange - Other Carbs6
    • Exchange - Starch1
    • Exchange - Vegetables0
    • Exchange - Lean Meat0
    • Exchange - Alcohol0
    MyPlate Info
    • MyPlate - Grain Total1 oz-eq
    • MyPlate - Vegetable Total0 c
    • MyPlate - Fruit0 c
    • MyPlate - Dairy0 c
    • MyPlate - Protein Total0 oz-eq

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