Thursday, May 29, 2008

Beatty's Chocolate Cake

Phew...almost caught up. One more after this. Can you believe FOUR recipes in one day?! I know, amazing. Today is my friend Jen A's birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JEN!! We're having a lunch party for her today, and I am in charge of bringing the cake. I actually made this same cake for her birthday last year. It was super yummy, and I've been dying to have an occasion to make it again. The recipe is from the "Barefoot Contessa at Home" cookbook, and you know how much I heart Barefoot Contessa.

Beatty's Chocolate Cake
Butter, for greasing the pans
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pans
2 cups sugar
3/4 cups good cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup buttermilk, shaken
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee
Chocolate Buttercream, recipe follows

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter 2 (8-inch) round cake pans. Line with parchment paper, then butter and flour the pans. Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and mix on low speed until combined. In another bowl, combine the buttermilk, oil, eggs, and vanilla. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry. With mixer still on low, add the coffee and stir just to combine, scraping the bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool in the pans for 30 minutes, then turn them out onto a cooling rack and cool completely.

Place 1 layer, flat side up, on a flat plate or cake pedestal. With a knife or offset spatula, spread the top with frosting. Place the second layer on top, rounded side up, and spread the frosting evenly on the top and sides of the cake.

Chocolate Frosting:
6 ounces good semisweet chocolate (recommended: Callebaut)
1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 extra-large egg yolk, at room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
1 tablespoon instant coffee powder
Chop the chocolate and place it in a heat-proof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Stir until just melted and set aside until cooled to room temperature.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium-high speed until light yellow and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the egg yolk and vanilla and continue beating for 3 minutes. Turn the mixer to low, gradually add the confectioners' sugar, then beat at medium speed, scraping down the bowl as necessary, until smooth and creamy. Dissolve the coffee powder in 2 teaspoons of the hottest tap water. On low speed, add the chocolate and coffee to the butter mixture and mix until blended. Don't whip! Spread immediately on the cooled cake.

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I need to mix up the frosting this morning before we go, but I did the cakes yesterday. I also had a fantastic invention idea...parchment paper that was already cut to the size you need, like an 8-inch round for a cake pan. I hate tracing the cake pan and then cutting it out. The cake batter I sampled yesterday was yummy, so I assume the cake will be, too.

Off to make frosting! The fourth recipe of the day will come later today when I have to make a pie to take to dinner tonight at some friend's. I don't know what I'm going to do with all these desserts!

1 comment:

jenanderson13 said...

Thanks for my cake Claire! I LOVE it!!