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The best chocolate cake

chocolate cake

Ingredients :

For the cake:
1/2 cup sour cream 115g
1 cup buttermilk 236mL
3 large eggs
1 1/2 cup of coffee 354mL, strong and hot
3/4 cup vegetable oil 177mL
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract 15mL
3 cups of all-purpose flour 360g
2 2/3 cup granulated sugar 530g
1/2 cup cocoa powder 50g
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 6g
1 tablespoon of baking soda 18g
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt 4g

For the Frosting:
1 1/2 cup unsalted butter 330g
½ cup cocoa powder 50g
3/4 teaspoon salt 4g
1 pound of icing sugar (453g), sifted
⅓ cup of fudge 100g OR ganache

Instructions :

For the cake:
Preheat to 350 degrees. Line a 9×13 inch cake pan with parchment paper.
Sift together the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, baking powder and cocoa powder into a large bowl and whisk to combine.
Add the sour cream, buttermilk, eggs, vanilla and vegetable oil to a medium bowl and whisk together, then pour in the coffee and mix once more.
Add the wet ingredients to the bowl of dry ingredients.
Whisk to combine then mix on low for about a minute.
Pour the batter into the lined tin. Bake for about 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Leave to cool for a few minutes then invert onto a rack. Peel off the parchment paper and let cool completely.

For the Frosting:
If you are using a good liquid fudge, make it. If you don’t have this on hand, melt about 1/4 cup milk or cream with 1/4 cup dark chocolate, stir to combine then let cool. Cream the butter in a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Stir in cocoa powder and salt and mix until combined.
Add the icing sugar in a few batches, mixing over low heat. Scrape the bowl and mix once more.
Add the fudge or ganache and mix until well combined. You can add milk or cream in a tablespoon at a time to thin the consistency if necessary.

For the Assembly:
Add the buttercream to the top of the cake with an ice cream scoop. Spread with an offset spatula.
Decorate with sprinkles, chopped toasted nuts or chocolate shavings

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