Easy Dark Chocolate Cake

Easy Dark Chocolate Cake: an easy and super-moist cake that's perfectly sized for a celebration for two. | ibakeheshoots.com

Hey guys!

It’s my birthday!

Well…it’s my birthday tomorrow, so…I’m feeling pretty good right about now. It may be the second Jack and Coke I’ve ingested, but that’s neither here nor there. I’m going to go with that warm, comforting sensation currently residing in my belly.

Let’s celebrate!

I baked a cake, not because it’s my birthday. I mean, no one should have to bake their own birthday cake, but because I’ve got great news. Our audition with Clabber Girl went very well. They loved our food styling and photography which means we have more work to do.

Easy Dark Chocolate Cake: an easy and super-moist cake that's perfectly sized for a celebration for two. | ibakeheshoots.com

Ok, that came out wrong. Don’t get it twisted, I’m super-excited to have more work from Clabber Girl because 1) It’s absolutely lovely to find that someone truly admires your work and b) it’s even better when that someone is going to pay you to do it. What?!

So, I baked myself an easy dark chocolate cake.

This cake is just lovely, chocolaty and super moist. Also, it comes together easily which is always a plus (only used 1 measuring cup and my food processor). It’s fantastic when paired with a straightforward vanilla buttercream, but almost any frosting would compliment its simplicity.

As you can see, I had no problem cleaning my plate.

Easy Dark Chocolate Cake: an easy and super-moist cake that's perfectly sized for a celebration for two. | ibakeheshoots.com

Now, then…back to my birthday. It’s time for Jack and Coke, Round 3.



Recipe for Easy Dark Chocolate Cake

Recipe for Easy Dark Chocolate Cake adapted from Not Out of the Box

Easy Dark Chocolate Cake
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Makes one double layer 6 inch cake
Serves: 8
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 6 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup hot coffee
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ¼ cup yogurt
  • For frosting
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 2¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-2tsp cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350 Fahrenheit
  2. Spray two 6 inch pans with baking spray
  3. Place flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cocoa powder and sugar in food processor.
  4. Pulse for about 30 seconds to sift and combine dry ingredients.
  5. Mix wet ingredients in a measuring cup.
  6. While food processor is running, pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients.
  7. Make sure to scrape down sides.
  8. Pulse until fully combined.
  9. Divide batter evenly amongst the pans.
  10. Bake on middle rack for 22-25 minutes (try not to open the oven door until the 20 minute mark).
  11. Check cake with a toothpick, it should have just a few crumbs.
  12. Cool cakes in pans for 10 minutes and then remove to rack.
  13. Frost completely cooled cakes, as desired.
Vanilla Butter Cream: Mix 2¼ cups of powdered sugar with ½ cup of unsalted butter until light and fluffy (about 3min). Add 1 tsp vanilla and 1-2 tsp of heavy cream. Mix for another minute. Fill and frost completely cooled cake layers.






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    I was slightly disappointed that after that luscious display you were more concerned about your Jack and Coke, Round 3, than washing the plate with leftover crumbs, all part of baking. My head went into a spin and I began swooning when the cake and photography first came into view. Being a former clean freak who’s now rebelled and enjoying the filthy but simple life, it was almost too much for me to take. Cut me a large piece, please.

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    First, I found this recipe while searching for a nice photo of cake crumbs, so well done on the photography. I am always happy for recipes that avoid eggs, and this was a pretty easy cake to make (and fast). I really liked it as did my family. It was even better a couple days later from the fridge! I might try a vegetable-based milk next time for the batter. Nom, thanks!!

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