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Chocolate-cake

One of my guy friends loves a classic yellow cake with chocolate icing.  His Mom recently passed away and I thought his favorite treat might cheer him up.  A cake isn't going to erase the last couple of weeks but a piece of homemade goodness can never be a bad thing.  Enjoy.

Moist Yellow Cake

Ingredients

  • 3 cups (330 g) cake flour
  • 1 tablebspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (8 ounces or 230 g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups (454 g) granulated sugar
  • 5 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups (10 fluid ounces or 300 ml) buttermilk

1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Butter and line with parchment paper two 8×2-inch (20×5-cm) pans. Set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt.

3. Cut up the butter into 1-inch pieces and place them in the large bowl of an electric mixer, fitted with a paddle attachment or beaters. Beat for 3 minutes on MEDIUM-HIGH speed until the butter is light and creamy in color. Stop and scrape the bowl. Cream the butter for an additional 60 seconds.

4. Add the sugar, 1/4 cup at a time, beating 1 minute after each addition. Scrape the sides of the bowl occasionally. Add the eggs one at a time.

5. Reduce the mixer speed. Stir vanilla into the buttermilk. Add the dry ingredients alternately with the buttermilk. Mix just until incorporated. Scrape the sides of the bowl and mix for 15 seconds longer.

6. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top with a knife. Lift up the pan with the batter, and let it drop onto the counter top to burst any air bubbles, allowing the batter to settle.

7. Center the pans onto the lower third of the oven and let bake 45 to 50 minutes or until the cake is lightly brown on top and comes away from the sides of the pan and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.


Fudge Icing

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 pound confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

In another saucepan, over medium heat, combine the butter and milk. Bring to a boil. Sift the confectioners' sugar and cocoa powder into a large bowl. Add the butter mixture and whisk well. Add the vanilla.

 

yellow cake reciep from epicurious.com.  icing recipe from foodnetwork.com.

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