Sunday, February 21, 2010
Corey's Birthday Cake
I made this for my husband's birthday this year and he loved it. It's almost as fast as throwing together a boxed cake mix and the flavor is so intense. It's not overly sweet. This is for serious chocoholics!
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon double-acting baking powder
1 teaspoon fine table salt
9 tablespoons good-quality baking cocoa
2/3 cup solid vegetable shortening (I use Crisco Sticks.)
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour two nine-inch round cake pans and set aside.
Combine flour, soda, baking powder, salt and cocoa in a bowl. Set aside.
In the work bowl of your mixer, combine shortening and sugar. Cream on high speed for five minutes. Reduce the speed to low and add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Slowly add dry ingredients and mix just until incorporated. Add buttermilk and vanilla. Mix until a smooth batter is achieved.
Pour into prepared pans and bake on the center rack for 25 to 30 minutes. A toothpick inserted into the center of the layers should come out clean. Cool layers on wire racks for 10 minutes; remove from pans and cool completely on the racks.
Fill and frost this with a classic: Hershey's One-Bowl Buttercream Frosting. Of course, you can adjust the cocoa to taste.