Monday, August 18, 2014

Eating Whole Foods: The Best of the Best Chocolate Cake

By: The Food Hunter

I don’t think I’m alone when I say that chocolate cake with chocolate frosting is pure comfort food. There’s something about biting into a thick rich piece of chocolate cake that makes me fell downright cozy and comfortable. Evoking memories of times gone by, it’s one of the few foods that I could eat repeatedly.

There are plenty of claims for the best chocolate cake recipe and I’m sure they are all really good, but after only one bite I think I’ve found the best of the best. It’s moist, dense and extremely rich, everything you could possibly want in a piece of chocolate cake.

Treat yourself to a slice…you deserve it! Where do you find good quality chocolate to bake with...check your local Whole Foods.

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The Best of the Best Chocolate Cake
(adapted from Hershey's Black Magic)
(printable recipe)

1 cup sugar
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup Cocoa Powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup strong black coffee
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a bundt pan.

Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt in large bowl.

Add eggs, buttermilk, coffee, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes (batter will be thin).
Pour batter evenly into prepared pans.

Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.

Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely. Frost as desired.


Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks)
3 cups confectioners (powdered) sugar
½ cup cocoa powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vanilla extract 
4 tablespoons heavy cream

Cream butter in a mixer with the paddle attachment on medium speed. Add powdered sugar and cocoa.Mix on the lowest speed until the sugar and cocoa are absorbed by the butter. Increase mixer speed to medium and add vanilla extract, salt, and cream and beat for 3 minutes. If your frosting needs a more stiff consistency, add a little more sugar. If your frosting needs to be thinned out, add additional cream 1 tablespoon at a time.

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68 comments:

  1. Thanks for the giveaway! Would love to win!

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  2. That cake would hit the spot this morning. :)
    Nice giveaway too!

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  3. That cake looks amazing! I shared this everywhere... because everyone needs a little cake in their life! <3

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  4. Oh my goodness that cake looks so good!!! Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  5. Never tried carrot gnocchi....I do like the regular kind though =)

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  6. I've never tried carrot gnocchi, but I can say the cake looks delicious!

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  7. I have not made carrot gnocchi, but I did pin the recent recipe for the future.

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  9. Love carrots and gnocchi, sounds like a tasty combination!

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  10. I am going to try this for a dinner party this

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  11. I have never tried it but would if I had the chance. sounds good.

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  12. I follow on instagram (barbara.dougherty126)

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  13. I Pinned this recipe because I *know* I'm going to bake this cake very very soon! Thank you!

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  14. You speak my language! I'm all about chocolate no matter what mood I might be in!

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  15. Carrot gnocchi sounds very interestingly good.

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  16. This cake looks amazing! And great giveaway!

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  17. Nothing beats chocolate cake with a cold glass of milk. Nothing.

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  18. I always put coffee in my chocolate cake as well. I think it's the ticket to fantastic chocolate cake!

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  19. Nothing beats a good old fashioned chocolate cake! Not a thing.

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  20. This looks amazing! And I LOVE coffee in my chocolate cake!

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  21. Carrot gnocchi sound interesting. Probably tastes better than it sounds. Surely, it's not as good as that chocolate cake!!!

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  22. That looks amazing. I'm going to have to figure out a gluten-free version...

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  23. I have a house full of chocolate cake with chocolate icing lovers and they are drooling over this!

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  24. This looks amazing! The coffee must add so much flavor.

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  25. OMG this dieting gal wants to break her diet now! YUM! I'll even eat the gnocchi!

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  26. Raw carrots and carrot cake - that about does it for me for carrots!

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  27. That looks like one deliciously chocolatly cake, wishing I had a slice right now!

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  28. Holy BEAUTIFUL chocolate cake!! Pure awesomeness.

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  29. You're right, chocolate cake IS pure comfort food. I could dive right into this!

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  30. Sometimes chocolate cake is the only thing that will do. Sounds delish!

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  31. Homemade chocolate cake sounds perfect right now. Thanks!

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  32. I love a good chocolately chocolate cake. This one sounds perfect! I use buttermilk and coffee in my favorite recipe, too. :)

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  33. Yumm it sounds good! And that cake looks tremendous..

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  34. Love coffee in chocolate recipes. Adds such a wonderful depth of flavor. Nice cake!
    Renee - Kudos Kitchen

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  35. I am totally down for carrot gnocchi!

    And this chocolate cake as well!

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  36. Never heard of carrot gnocchi?!?

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  37. Carrot gnocchi sounds yummy! The cake looks like a great recipe

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  38. I've never had carrot gnocchi, would probably like it. I *know* I'd like this chocolate cake! And I would love a Whole Foods gift card!

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  39. I have never tried it (I'm a wimp), but I may have to break from the normal; because I love carrots!

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  40. It has chocolate in it so it must taste good.

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  41. I have not tried carrot gnocchi.but it sounds good.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

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  42. I don't like carrot anything, so I don't think that's gonna happen here. Sorry.

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  43. I think it sounds very interesting and yummy.

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  44. Carrot gnocchi sounds.... interesting. I would worry it might be a bit sweet (like carrot juice) and that sounds a little odd. But since it would also probably be orange (my favorite color) I would certainly give it a try!

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    1. And the carrot gnocchi sounds interesting.

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  46. I've never tried carrot gnocchi but it sounds delicious!

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