The Secrets of the Perfect Classic Chocolate Cakes

Best Chocolate Cake Ever? Is there even one? Danielle Renov has a tough job.

 

RECIPES 

 

BEATTY’S CHOCOLATE CAKE, INA GARTEN

 


Ingredients:

Butter, for greasing the pans

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pans

2 cups sugar

3/4 cups good cocoa powder

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 cup buttermilk, shaken (1 c minus 1 tablespoon any alternative milk with 1 tbsp white vinegar)

1/2 cup vegetable oil

2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee

 


Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter two 8-inch x 2-inch round cake pans. Line with parchment paper, then butter and flour the pans.

Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and mix on low speed until combined. 

In another bowl, combine the buttermilk, oil, eggs, and vanilla. 

With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry. 

With mixer still on low, add the coffee and stir just to combine, scraping the bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula. 

Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool in the pans for 30 minutes, then turn them out onto a cooling rack and cool completely.

 

 

 

HERSHEY’S “PERFECTLY CHOCOLATE” CHOCOLATE CAKE

 


Ingredients

2 cups sugar

1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa

1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

2 eggs

1 cup milk (1 cup milk alternative)

1/2 cup vegetable oil

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup boiling water

 


Directions:

Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans.

Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. 

Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes. 

Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour batter into prepared pans.

Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. 

Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. 

 

 

 

GOOD HOUSEKEEPING, THE BEST CHOCOLATE CAKE YOU’LL EVER HAVE

 

INGREDIENTS:

2 c. all purpose flour

1 c. unsweetened cocoa

1½ tsp. baking soda

1/4th tsp. salt

3/4 c. Butter or Margarine, Softened

1 c. packed brown sugar

1 c. granulated sugar

3 large eggs

2 tsp. vanilla extract

1½ c. low-fat buttermilk

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease three 8-in. round cake pans. Line bottoms with waxed paper; grease paper. Dust pans with flour

On another sheet of waxed paper, combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. 

In large bowl, with mixer at low speed, beat butter and brown and granulated sugars until blended. 

Increase speed to high; beat 5 minutes or until pale and fluffy, occasionally scraping bowl with rubber spatula. 

Reduce speed to medium-low; add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla until blended. 

Add flour mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture; beat just until batter is smooth, occasionally scraping bowl with rubber spatula.

Spoon batter evenly among prepared pans. 

Bake 22 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes. With small knife, loosen layers from sides of pans; invert onto wire racks. Carefully remove and discard waxed paper; cool completely, about 45 minutes. If you like, wrap layers well and store at room temperature up to 1 day or freeze up to 1 month. 

 

  

 

MARTHA STEWART, MOIST DEVIL FOOD CAKE

 


Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, plus more for pans

3/4 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder, plus more for pans

1/2 cup boiling water

2 1/4 cups sugar

1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

4 large eggs, lightly beaten

3 cups sifted cake flour (not self-rising)

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup milk

Directions:

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Arrange two racks in center of oven. Butter three 8-by-2-inch round cake pans; line bottoms with parchment. Dust bottoms and sides of pans with cocoa powder; tap out any excess. 

Sift cocoa into a medium bowl, and whisk in boiling water. Set aside to cool.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter on low speed until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in sugar until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes, scraping down sides twice. 

Beat in vanilla. 

Drizzle in eggs, a little at a time, beating between each addition until the batter is no longer slick, scraping down the sides twice.

In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, and salt. 

Whisk milk into reserved cocoa mixture. 

With mixer on low speed, alternately add flour and cocoa mixtures to the batter, a little of each at a time, starting and ending with flour mixture.

Divide batter evenly among the three prepared pans. Bake until a cake tester inserted into center of each layer comes out clean, 35 to 45 minutes, rotating the pans for even baking. Transfer layers to wire racks; let cool, 15 minutes. Turn out cakes, and return to racks, tops up, until completely cool.

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