Chocolate Cake with Cocoa Whipped Cream Frosting

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup  Sweet Ground Chocolate and Cocoa (or use 1/2 cup ground unsweetened cocoa powder and increase the total amount of sugar below to 1 1/4 cups)
  • 1 1/2 cups sifted cake flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Flour Cake Enhancer (optional)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup butter, softened (that’s 10 2/3 tablespoons)
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Cocoa Whipped Cream (recipe below)

METHOD:

  1. Preheat oven to 180ºC.
  2. Prepare two 8″ x 1 1/2″ round cake pans by spraying with non-stick cooking spray and then lining with parchment or wax paper circles.
  3. Into a mixer bowl fitted with a whisk attachment (or in a large mixing bowl if you’re using a hand mixer), sift flour with ground chocolate, cake enhancer, sugar, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt.
  4. Add butter and 3/4 cup buttermilk. Beat on low speed to combine ingredients. Scrape sides of bowl and then beat on low-medium speed for 2 minutes.
  5. Add 1/4 cup buttermilk, eggs, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat additional 2 minutes.
  6. Spread batter into prepared pans. Bake at 350ºF for 30 to 35 minutes.
  7. Cool on racks for 10 to 15 minutes; remove from pans.
  8. When cakes are cool, cut each one in half so you have four cake layers.  Place one layer on a serving plate and spread with about 3/4 cup cocoa whipped cream.  Repeat with other layers, and then frost the top and sides.  Sprinkle with chocolate sprinkles or shaved chocolate, if desired.

Cocoa Whipped Cream:

  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons hot tap water
  • 3 cups cold heavy whipping cream

METHOD:

  1. In mixer bowl with a wire whisk attachment (or in a tall mixing bowl, if you’re using a hand mixer), mix cocoa, sugar & hot water, mixing to form a paste.
  2. Allow to cool before adding cream.
  3. Add cream and start mixing on low to incorporate cream into cocoa paste.  Stop the mixer and scrape the bowl.
  4. Mix on high until stiff peaks form.
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