Classic Chocolate Layer Cake

Classic Chocolate Layer Cake
Con Poulos
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preparation
45
minutes
cooking
120
minutes
Serves 8

Ingredients

1
cup
unsalted butter (2 sticks), cut into pieces, plus more for the pans
2
cups
all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
1 1/2
cups
granulated sugar
3/4
cup
unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2
cup
dark brown sugar
1
teaspoon
baking soda
1
teaspoon
kosher salt
2
large eggs
1/2
cup
sour cream
1
teaspoon
pure vanilla extract
Creamy Chocolate Frosting

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350º F. Butter two 8- or 9-inch round cake pans and line the bottom of each with a round of parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, granulated sugar, cocoa powder, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a small saucepan, combine the butter and 1 cup water and bring to a boil. Add to the flour mixture and, using an electric mixer, mix until combined. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then the sour cream and vanilla.
  4. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of each cake comes out clean, 35 to 45 minutes. Cool in the pans for 20 minutes, then turn out onto a rack to cool completely.
  5. Transfer one of the cakes to a platter and spread with ¾ cup of the frosting. Top with the remaining cake and spread with the remaining frosting.
Sara Quessenberry
April 2010

Nutritional Information

  • Per Serving
  • Calories From Fat 767
  • Protein 14 g
  • Carbohydrate 135 g
  • Sugar 100 g
  • Fiber 4 g
  • Fat 86 g
  • Sat Fat 54 g
  • Calcium 61 mg
  • Iron 5 mg
  • Sodium 435 mg
  • Cholesterol 213 mg
What does this mean? See Nutrition 101.

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