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Valcake

Okay, I was reminded that back at Valentines I promised the *best chocolate cake recipe ever*  and I forgot to post it. (by the way, that's *not* it in the picture, it's just the only chocolate cake picture I have right now.  I'll take a snap the next time I make it.)

This truly is the most delicious, moist, chocolat-y cake you will ever eat.  And really you should only eat it once a year, on special occasions because it is *not* figure friendly, if you know what I mean. 

In fact, it will beat your figure with a stick...that's how unfriendly it is.

But good...oh so good...

A few notes. 

-Don't substitute.  I know, I know, who has cake flour in the pantry?  But it is *worth* it big time....so go get some.  Same with Buttermilk and the Dark Chocolate cocoa...all necessary for the insane goodness that is this cake.

-I like to use parchment paper on the bottom as well as grease & flour because this cake is a *very* moist sticky cake - and can you believe it I found video to show you how to do it!  How cool is the internet??  Check it out:



-The batter for this cake is super thin, like liquidy thin, so don't freak out, it's supposed to look like that!

-You might want to put a pan underneath or some foil because this batter tends to run over a bit and drip.

-The baking time really varies from oven to oven.  Just keep an eye on it.  You don't want to burn it cause it smells and tastes really yucky when it burns.  (you can guess how I know this little detail.)

-You don't have to split the layers, (it's really tricky with this moist of a cake) but if you want to, guess what?  That's right!  I found a video:



-Make the Ganache filling before you start the cake because it has to sit in the fridge for a couple of hours before it's ready.

-When you whip the ganache to create the filling it will seem at first that it's not doing anything.  Just keep whipping and at a certain point it will start to lighten and then all of a sudden it will look like chocolate whipped cream.  Stop whipping!  If you over whip it will get grainy and gross. (again, no mystery how I know this, huh?)

So here it is:

Melissa's Ultimate (your-brother-will-demand-you-open-a-
bakery-when-he-tastes-it) Dark Chocolate Cake

Ingredients:

2 cups of cake flour

2 cups + 2 Tbs white sugar
1 cup Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa Powder
2 tsps baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs beaten
1 cup of cold brewed coffee
1 cup of buttermilk
3/4 cup of vegetable oil
2 tsps of pure vanilla extract

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.  Grease and flour 2 9" round cake pans.

2. In  a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt.  Make a well in the center and pour in the eggs, coffee, buttermilk, oil and vanilla.  Mix well. The batter will be *thin*.

3. Pour into your prepared pans.

4. Bake the cakes in the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.

5. Let cool completely before splitting each of the layers into two for filling.


Chocolate Ganache Filling

Ingredients:

16 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped (you can sub semi-sweet chips here)
2 cups heavy whipping cream

Directions:

1. Heat cream slowly until just before boiling.

2. Pour over bowl of chocolate pieces and let sit for about one minute to melt the chocolate.

3. Whisk until smooth. Let cool to room temperature and then refrigerate for a couple of hours.

4. Once chilled, whip it with an electric mixer or stand mixer using the paddle attachment.

5. Spread between layers of cake. (or you  know...eat it with a spoon if no one else is home and you have enough stuff to make more...not that I've ever done that...)


Chocolate Cream Cheese Icing

{oh you thought we were done?...oh no my friend}

Ingredients:

1 8 oz package of cream cheese

4 Tbs heavy whipping cream

4 cups of powdered sugar

1/2 cup of butter, softened

2 tsps pure vanilla extract

1 cup of Hersheys Special Dark Chocolate Cocoa Powder

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Directions:

1. In a large mixing bowl, beat together cream cheese, heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar, butter, vanilla, cocoa powder and cinnamon until creamy.  (don't over mix or you will create air bubbles and they don't look pretty.)

2. Spread onto layered and filled cake. (or you know eat it with a spoon....etc etc.)

So there you go.  Your diet will hate me, but you will love me and want to send me gifts and money when you taste this. :)

♥ M~

PS Can anyone tell me what that title quote is from? "mmmm-fudgie"
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"Jesus told them, "When you're celebrating a wedding, you don't skimp on the cake and wine. You feast. Later you may need to pull in your belt, but not now."
-Matthew 9:15

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