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Saturday, November 3, 2012

The Greatest & Easiest Chocolate Cake Recipe

Pretty big claim to be the "Greatest & Easiest Chocolate Cake" but that's what it says on the back of the Trader Joe's Cocoa Powder box.  I needed to make a couple dozen chocolate cupcakes for my big 5 year old's birthday party (today!) and wasn't up for another 3 hour marathon to make the Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel Frosting like I did on monday.

Since the recipe said greatest and easisest I decided to give it a whirl.  It was easy partly becasue you put all of the ingredients in the mixer at one time.  That alone is a time saver.  It made the bowl quite full which made me nervous but it all stayed in just fine.  The recipe made 26 cupcakes with quite a bit of batter left over.  They were moist and very chocolatey.  Everyone seemed to like them at the party this morning and a few kids (and grown-ups) even asked for seconds!

The Greatest & Easiest Chocolate Cake (Cupcakes)
3 1/3 cup flour
1 1/3 cup cocoa
3 cups sugar
1 Tbsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
12 oz butter (softened)
3 cups buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla
5 eggs

1. Preheat the oven to 350.  Grease and flour two 9" round baking pans or line cupcake cups with paper liners.
2. Place all ingredients in electric mixing bowl (I used my KitchenAid) and beat on high speed for 3  minutes, scraping down sides of bowl once during mixing.
3. Pour into prepared pans or cupcake cups.  Bake cakes for about 55 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean, or bake cupcakes for 20-25 minutes (mine took 25).

For the frosting I used a simple chocolate recipe.  It had just the right amount of chocolate and sweet and was a great consistency for cupcakes.  I noticed that a couple kids were happy just licking the frosting off of their cupcakes and rather than eating the cake they asked for another one to lick!  So I guess that's a vote in this recipe's favor.

Chocolate Frosting 
6 Tbsp. butter, softened
2 3/4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1/3 cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla

Add butter to bowl, then add about 1/3 of the powdered sugar. Mix well.  Add about a 1/3 of the milk and vanilla. Mix well.  Then add about 1/3 of the cocoa.   Mix well and then scape down the sides of the bowl.  Repeat this process until all ingredients are added.

I'll have more about the birthday party coming up.  It was a Fairy-Princess theme with a dash of superhero/prince since it was a boy-girl party.

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