Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Valentine’s Day Special - Chocolate Layer Cake

All you need is love but a little chocolate, now and then, does not hurt. A lovely quote for all those people in love!! Traditional layers of chocolate cake, sandwiched together with sweet chocolate icing, is designed to please any of the occasions or fests. Chocolate layer cake is not one of the best, but it is the best dessert that can be prepared on the auspicious occasion of Valentine’s day. The heart shape will make the feelings stronger still and we’ll ask for more and more. Since the cake is prepared in advance, you can spend some real quality time with your love. Dedicated to my love exclusively, here is the relishing Chocolate Layer Cake with the overdose of nutty chocolate.


For the cake:-
220 grams all-purpose flour,
350 grams granulated sugar,
95 grams unsweetened cocoa powder,
1 teaspoon baking powder,
2 teaspoons baking soda,
1 teaspoon salt,
240 ml buttermilk,
120 ml vegetable oil,
2 large eggs,
1 teaspoon vanilla extract,
240 ml freshly brewed strong hot coffee

For Milk Chocolate Frosting:-

290 grams unsalted butter,
480 grams powdered sugar,
95 grams unsweetened cocoa powder,
5 tablespoons heavy cream,
1 teaspoon vanilla extract,
3/4 teaspoon salt,
15 oz chocolate chips

Preparation method:-

1. Preheat oven to 350 D. F degrees. Take two, 9 inch round cake pans, and apply nonstick spray.

2. For the cake, sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium sized bowl.

3. Set aside. Blend buttermilk, oil, room temperature eggs, and vanilla in a large bowl. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients with the mixer on low. Add the coffee. The batter will be very thin, which is fine.

4. Pour the batter into prepared baking pans and bake for 27 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool before frosting.

5. For the frosting, cream the butter with a hand mixer on medium speed for 4 minutes. Add 3 cups of powdered sugar and 3/4 cup of cocoa powder. Mix on low.

6. Add 3 tablespoons of heavy cream and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Add more cocoa powder if the frosting is not chocolatey enough.

7. Place 1 layer, flat side up, on a plate. With a knife, spread the top with frosting. Place the second layer on top, rounded side up. Add the third layer too. Spread the frosting evenly on the top and sides of the cake.

8. Decorate with chocolate chips or as desired. The heart shape cake will melt your love.
Enjoy the Valentine’s treat!!!

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