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Dark Chocolate Layer Cake and My Favorite Baking Ingredients • The Heritage Cook ®

When you could have an important day arising like a birthday, right now’s Dark Chocolate Layer Cake with Lavish Chocolate Frosting is a winner! Rich and luscious, that is the cake that the chocoholics in your life will dream of.

Chocolate layer cake is all the time spectacular and guaranteed to be liked. While I want sheet desserts because they’re simpler to make and transport, typically a layer cake is the right approach to have fun the particular moments in our lives.

KitchenAid mixer in motion, mixing the chocolate cake batter; 2019 Jane Bonacci, The Heritage Cook

I promise this can be a chocolate layer cake that your loved ones and buddies shall be talking about for years, begging you to make it for them once more!

That will help you enhance your baking efforts, listed here are some ideas and details about my favorite baking elements.

Dark Chocolate Layer Cake with Luscious Chocolate Frosting © 2019 Jane Bonacci, The Heritage Cook

My Favorite Baking Ingredients

  1. Flour – I exploit my favourite gluten-free blend in my house lately and all the time make it with Genuine Foods gluten-free flours. Authentic Meals’ superfine ground flours guarantee no grittiness in your baked goods. In case you are changing an previous recipe, use 120 grams for each cup of flour referred to as for. In case you are not gluten-free, I like to recommend King Arthur Flours. They are employee-owned and supply both typical and natural flours. Their products are all the time consistent and they use quality grains.

This consistency is because of exact flour specifications (the narrowest within the milling business), superior milling, protein content, and no pointless chemical compounds. This leads to top-quality flours that assure exactly the outcomes you’re in search of. Their on-line baker’s catalogue is the place I’m going to buy uncommon or hard-to-find components and gear.

  1. Sugar – I solely use cane sugar, never beet sugar. There are numerous causes, however consistency is most necessary for me. Sugar beets are a root and grown beneath the ground while sugarcane, a grass, grows above floor. Beet sugar’s trace minerals and proteins may cause havoc in baked goods.

You should purchase any luggage which might be labeled, “pure cane sugar.” If the package deal doesn’t state a supply, it is most probably beet or a mixture of beet and cane sugar. Supermarket manufacturers typically range from week-to-week and sometimes even bag-to-bag which may trigger inconsistent leads to your baking.

The San Francisco Chronicle has an article based mostly on experiments finished by grasp baker, Carolyn Weil that absolutely explains the differences and causes for using cane over beet.

Dark Chocolate Layer Cake with Luscious Chocolate Frosting © 2019 Jane Bonacci, The Heritage Cook

  1. Salts – Salt is among the foundation seasonings and varies extensively. Desk salt could be very finely ground, sometimes accommodates iodine, and melts simply. Kosher salt has a cleaner taste, the flakes don’t melt as shortly as crystals do, and as a result of the floor space is bigger, it’s more environment friendly at drawing liquids out of meats and different meals. (Think of salting eggplant or cabbage to launch their liquid.) But crucial point for my part is that kosher salt incorporates much less sodium than regular desk salt. Almost three to 1! A teaspoon of normal desk salt is identical as about 1 tablespoon kosher salt.

There are two varieties generally bought in the USA. Diamond Crystal has much less sodium than Morton’s and is my suggestion.

Sea salts, as the identify implies, are shaped by the evaporation of seawater. Their flavors differ extensively because they’ve the mineral composition of whatever body of water they are taken from. Sea salts, typically thought-about a finishing salt, are good for sprinkling over the top of foods like salads once you need the crunch and taste to be outstanding.

  1. Eggs – The commonplace measurement of eggs for at present’s recipes is “large.” Every commercially printed cookbook makes use of this normal. It was shocking to me to study that an extra-large egg can add as a lot as another half an egg to a recipe. In case you are concerned about animal welfare and need to help those who deal with animals humanely, look for “pasture raised” on the carton.

Dark Chocolate Layer Cake with Luscious Chocolate Frosting © 2019 Jane Bonacci, The Heritage Cook

Pro Tip:

In case you are decreasing a recipe and need only half an egg, break one right into a bowl, whisk until mixed and then use half of that mixture in your recipe.

  1. Butter – There’s a number of controversy about using animal fat in cooking and baking. Whereas some choose to use margarine, I avoid using merchandise that include a whole lot of chemical compounds, preferring natural and natural choices. In baking, substituting margarine for butter can create problems primarily because of the elevated proportion of water. Even small variants in ratios may cause large failures. In the long term, I guess scientists will find that ingesting chemical laden foods is extra dangerous to us than consuming natural animal fats.

Using the identical components on a regular basis will enable you to fine-tune your recipes. You will shortly get used to the outcomes you get and can make small adjustments as needed. I buy butter in bulk and store it within the freezer. That means I all the time have recent butter available.

Once I want an indulgence for myself and The Artist, I purchase Kerrygold butter from Ireland. It’s extremely clean and full flavored. There’s nothing higher on your particular baking tasks or slathered on toast in the morning!

Dark Chocolate Layer Cake with Luscious Chocolate Frosting © 2019 Jane Bonacci, The Heritage Cook

Kitchen Instruments I Use to Make This Recipe:

I hope you’re keen on the Dark Chocolate Layer Cake with Lavish Chocolate Frosting recipes included under. You may be thanking me for a killer cake recipe!!

Comfortable Chocolate Monday!

Parchment strips to protect the cake stand while frosting the cake; 2019 Jane Bonacci, The Heritage Cook

Jane’s Ideas and Hints:

To help hold your serving plate clear whereas frosting the chocolate layer cake, use sheets of parchment paper or waxed paper to cover the floor (see photograph above). Then place your cake layers on prime and frost them. Any drops or smears wind up on the parchment and you possibly can rigorously slip the items out earlier than serving. Using an offset spatula will guarantee you don’t by accident drag your hand by means of the frosting!

Gluten-Free Ideas:

Use your favourite gluten-free flour product akin to Bob’s Pink Mill 1-to-1, King Arthur Flour, or Pamela’s flour blend for example. I all the time use my own blend for all my cooking and baking, retaining it in a bucket on my counter so it is all the time ready each time the baking mood strikes. It additionally makes it easier for The Artist to bake his personal loaves of gluten-free bread!

Yield: eight to 10 servings

Dark Chocolate Layer Cake with Lavish Chocolate Frosting

Rich and luscious, that is the cake that the chocoholics in your life will dream of.

Prep Time
20 minutes

Cook Time
25 minutes

Complete Time
45 minutes



  • 2 cups (240 g) all-purpose flour or gluten-free flour blend

  • 2 tsp baking powder

  • 2 tsp baking soda

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 2 cups (400 g) granulated sugar

  • 2 cups (16 oz) water

  • four ouncesunsweetened chocolate, chopped

  • 6 tbsp (3/four stick) unsalted butter, cubed

  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

  • 2 giant eggs, frivolously crushed

Chocolate Frosting

  • 1-1/3 cups heavy whipping cream

  • 1-1/2 cups (300 g) granulated sugar

  • 6 ouncesunsweetened chocolate, chopped

  • 1 stick (4 oz; 8 tbsp) plus 2 tbsp unsalted butter, cubed

  • 1-1/2 tsp vanilla extract

  • Pinch kosher salt


Make the Cake: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter and flour two eight x 1-1/2-inch round cake pans. Line the bottoms with waxed paper or parchment circles. Flippantly butter the parchment; set aside.

In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside.

In a medium saucepan, mix the sugar with water. Deliver to a boil over high warmth and stir until the sugar dissolves; then pour into the massive bowl of your stand mixer. Add the chocolate and butter and let sit, stirring sometimes, until melted and barely cooled. Begin the mixer on low and beat for about 1 minute to help cool combination. Stir in the vanilla.

When the bowl is nearly cool sufficient to carry in your palms, slowly pour the eggs into the chocolate mixture, beating always at medium velocity until combined. Add the dry elements all of sudden and beat at medium velocity till clean.

Divide the batter evenly between the ready pans and bake for about 25 minutes, or until the top springs again when pressed flippantly and a cake tester comes out clean. The muffins will begin to draw back from the edges of the pans.

Cool the desserts of their pans for about 25 minutes, then transfer to a rack to chill utterly. Once cool you’ll be able to wrap them in plastic and retailer in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 days before frosting and serving.

Make the Frosting: In a medium saucepan, deliver the cream and sugar to a boil over reasonably excessive warmth. Scale back the heat to low and simmer, stirring sometimes, until the liquid reduces barely, about 6 minutes. Pour the combination into a medium bowl and add the chocolate, butter, vanilla and salt. Let stand, stirring sometimes, until the chocolate and butter are absolutely melted.

Put the chocolate combination straight into your mixer’s bowl. Place this bowl into a larger bowl crammed with water and ice. Nestle it down into the cold water. Let the combination chill, stirring sometimes with a spatula, for about 10 to 15 minutes.

Remove bowl from water, wipe off bottom and transfer to the mixer. Utilizing the paddle attachment beat on medium-high until thick and glossy. Set in refrigerator for 15 minutes to agency up slightly before frosting cake.

Frost the Cake: Set one cake layer, top-side up, on a serving platter. Using a medium offset spatula, spread one-third of the chocolate frosting evenly over the top of the primary layer. Set the second cake layer (additionally top-side up) on the frosted layer and frost the highest and sides with the remaining frosting.

Retailer, coated, in the refrigerator.

Vitamin Info:



Serving Measurement:


Quantity Per Serving:

Energy: 939 Complete Fat: 53g Saturated Fats: 33g Trans Fats: 0g Unsaturated Fats: 17g Cholesterol: 141mg Sodium: 631mg Carbohydrates: 108g Fiber: 6g Sugar: 71g Protein: 10g

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Dark Chocolate Layer Cake with Luscious Chocolate Frosting © 2019 Jane Bonacci, The Heritage Cook

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