Best Chocolate Birthday Cake

This is a true, chocolate birthday cake. Because it needs to be stored in the fridge it’ll taste  just like a Sara Lee chocolate fudge cake.

2 sticks softened butter (not margarine, please!)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
6 oz. unsweetened chocolate, melted & cooled
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
4 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Take out a 9 x 13 x 2 pan and grease, set aside. Place the butter, eggs, and buttermilk out onto the counter to come to room temperature while your oven preheats. Meanwhile, melt the chocolate and allow to cool completely.

In a large mixing bowl, with a handheld or electric mixer, combine the butter and sugars for 3 minutes; add the eggs and beat well after adding each, add the chocolate and mix well. In a separate bowl, sift/whisk the flour and baking soda then add it to the batter alternately with the buttermilk and vanilla and mix well. Spread into the pan and bake for about 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with just a few crumbs. Cool completely then frost.

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
1 stick softened butter (not margarine, please!)
2 tsp. milk
2 oz. unsweetened chocolate, melted & cooled
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 – 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted

With a handheld or standing mixer, cream the butter for about 3 minutes, add the milk and the chocolate and mix well. Add the vanilla and cream for 3 minutes. Add the sugar (taste for sweetness) mix until desired consistency. Spread on cooled cake.

Quick & Easy Hot Fudge Cake

hersheys.jpgThe name says it all, and the ingredients are probably in your cupboards right now. Ala mode would make it divine. Dig in.

1 cup flour
3/4 cup sugar
2 Tbsp. baking cocoa (+ you’ll need more later)
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 cup milk
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil (I use canola)
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 cup packed light brown sugar
4 Tbsp. baking cocoa
1-3/4 cup hot water

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees; lightly grease a 9×9 inch baking pan.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar, only 2 tablespoons of the cocoa, baking powder and the salt. With a wooden spoon or a hand-held electric mixer, stir in the milk, oil and vanilla until it’s smooth. Spread into the baking pan – set aside.

In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar and 4 tablespoons cocoa; sprinkle this over the batter. Pour the hot water over all – DO NOT STIR. Bake for 40 minutes. Serve warm.