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The Best Ever Chocolate Cake Recipe

Now I don’t have to tell you that calling itself “The Best Ever Chocolate Cake Recipe” is a touch on the nervy side.  Well, it is!  There are a few cakes in this book that could do the very same thing.  However, if this one isn’t, I have to admit, it comes mighty close.

Cake Ingredients
2 Cups all-purpose flour
2 Cups sugar
¾ Cup cocoa
2 tsp baking powder
1½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp expresso powder
1 Cup milk
½ Cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 Cup boiling water

Prep directions
Preheat oven to 350°F (176°C).
Butter and lightly flour the inside of two 9-inch cake pans.

Cake directions
In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and espresso powder.
Add milk, vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla to flour mixture.
Mix together on medium speed until combined.
Reduce the speed.
Add the boiling water to the cake batter.
Beat on high for about 1 minute.
Pour the batter evenly into the two buttered cake pans.
Bake for 30-35 minutes, until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes.
Finish cooking on a wire rack. 

Frosting Ingredients
1½ Cups butter (3 sticks), softened
1 Cup cocoa
5 Cups confectioner’s sugar
½ Cup milk
2 tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp espresso powder

Frosting directions
Put cocoa in a large bowl. 
Cream together the butter and cocoa powder.
Add 1 Cup of sugar followed by Tbsp of milk.  After you’ve combined all, mix on high for a minute. 
Add vanilla extract and espresso powder.
If your frosting is too dry, gradually add more milk.  If too wet, add more confectioner’s sugar.

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