This is a perfect chocolate cake to bake and have around the house for the weekend. Every time you go through the kitchen, just slice another bite or two off to treat yourself for cleaning the windows, changing the sheets, bathrooms, etc…..this chocolate cake is the perfect amount of cocoa and satisfies that chocolate craving.
Then end that perfect Saturday night grill meal, with a big piece with cinnamon ice cream along side it in a bowl.
3/4 cup butter
3/4 tsp baking powder
3 eggs 1/2 tsp salt
2 cups all-purpose flour 2 cups sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp. baking soda 1 1/2 cups milk
Allow butter and eggs to get to room temperature. (about an hour)
Lightly grease (or spray with Pam) the bottoms and sides of 3 (8 1/2″)round or square cake pans.
Set pans aside.
Preheat oven to 350. In medium bowl,stir together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Scrape sides of bowl and beat on medium another 2 minutes. Mixture should be very light and sugar dissolved completely. Add eggs, one at a time, beating for about 1 min after each egg. Stir in vanilla.
Alternately mix in flour mixture with milk, on low until both have been mixed in the butter mixture until well combined. Divide and spread cake batter into the 3 cake pans.
Bake for 30-33 min or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean. Be sure to watch very closely as you do not want a dry chocolate cake. When the middle of the cake looks a little glossy, it is either usually done or within a 1-2min of being done.
Frost with Chocolate Frosting:
In large saucepan, melt 2 cups (12 oz bag) of semisweet chocolate pieces with 1 stick of butter, over low heat. When melted, cool for 5 min. Stir in one 8 oz sour cream. Gradually add 1 (1 lb) box of powdered sugar (4 1/2 cups). Beat on medium speed until mixture is smooth. Add 1 teas vanilla and mix well. Spread between cooled cake layers and on sides and top.