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Aug 24, 2009 02:45 PM

Chocolate cake recipe

I would like to make a double layer chocolate cake tomorrow and would like to use up some of the ingredients I have in my fridge before buying new ones. A lot of the recipes I've found online ask for buttermilk or coffee - both of which I do not have. I do have whole milk and about 12 oz of good quality chocolate (along with butter, flower, and a bunch of other basic cake baking items). Any ideas for a moist, rich double layer chocolate cake?

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  1. If you have cocoa powder, this is a great cake recipe ( though I have not tried to make the frosting:

    (As with most cocoa-based chocolate recipes, this tastes more chocolate-y made ahead of time. :)

    1. This is the cake I ate throughout my childhood and is my all time favorite. Not sure where my mother originally got the recipe but I copied it from one of her index cards. It's fantastic with a cream cheese frosting. Note: it calls for buttermilk or sour milk. I remember growing up always making it by putting some white vinegar into regular milk to make the sour milk. Sorry but I can't remember how much, maybe a tablespoon. I know it's a common technique so you could check on line.

      Chocolate Cake

      Use ingredients in ( ) when doing 1.5 x recipe (i.e., for 9 x 13 pan). Recipe could also be doubled.

      2 squares unsweetened chocolate (3 squares)
      1 cup boiling water (1 1/2 cups)
      1/2 cup shortening or butter (3/4 cup)
      2 cups sugar (3 cups)
      1/2 tsp salt (3/4 tsp)
      2 cups sifted flour (3 cups)
      1 1/2 tsp baking soda ( 2 1/4 tsp)
      1/2 cup sour milk or buttermilk ( 3/4 cup)
      2 eggs beaten (3 eggs)
      Cream Cheese Frosting (from Ina's Coconut cupcakes)

      1. Heat chocolate, water and shortening over double boiler until chocolate is melted and the mixture is glossy when beaten slightly.

      2. Remove from heat and add to mixing bowl.

      3. Add remaining ingredients in the order listed. Beat vigorously for 2 minutes. (The batter is very thin. Do not add more flour.)

      4. Pour into greased pan and bake in moderate oven (350) for 30 to 35 minutes. Makes 2 9 in layers. Bake almost an hour for loaf cake.

      Cooking Time: 1 hour


      1. I LOVE Hershey's black magic cake. It does call for coffee( which IMHO is essential as it brings out the choc. flavor), but you can use instant. You can make your own buttermilk with milk and lemon juice( or vinegar). Its an easy, peasy cake, uses one bowl, stays very moist and doesnt need frosting( just a dusting of powdered sugar). I always add choc. chips to the cake too.