This is actually the first successful chocolate cake I have made from scratch. It was absolutely astounding! I did make the cake the day before because it was later when I started it and you have to use the frosting the same day you make it. I didn't think my husband would eat one - he's not really a big sweets eater like I am, but he tried a small bite and then promptly devoured the whole thing, grunting the whole time in approval :)
Recipe from Beantown Baker
What you need:
- 3 oz. semi-sweet chocolate
- 1 1/2 cups hot brewed coffee
- 3 cups sugar
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tsp. baking soda
- 3/4 tsp. baking powder
- 1 1/4 tsp. salt
- 3 eggs
- 3/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 1/2 cups well-shaken buttermilk
- 3/4 tsp. vanilla
- 2 egg whites
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup light corn syrup
- 2 tbsp. water
- 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 tbsp. unsalted butter
- 12 oz. semisweet chocolate, chopped into 1/2-oz. pieces
Chop up 3 oz. chocolate and combine with hot coffee.
Sift together sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
With your mixer, beat eggs until they are thickened a little.
Slowly add oil, buttermilk, vanilla, and chocolate-coffee mixture.
Add sifted mixture, beat on medium speed until combined.
Pour into prepared pans. If you are using 10-inch pans, cook for 1 hour.
Cool completely on wire racks. Run a knife along the edge of the pan and invert. If you want, you can prepare the cakes the day before and wrap them in plastic wrap. Store at room temp.
For frosting: Combine ingredients in a double boiler. Beat using a handheld mixer over simmering water until it is thick and fluffy - 6 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat and continue beating for another minute.
For ganache: Boil heavy cream with butter in a medium saucepan. Place chopped chocolate into a glass or metal bowl and pour boiling cream over it. Let stand for 5 minutes, then stir until smooth.
To assemble: Cut cakes into small circles with a cookie cutter. Cut a cone shape out of each cake circle and make sure you keep the cones!