Chocolate Cake Simply the Best

Chocolate Cake Simply the Best
This cake is dark, moist, rich and incredibly decadent. The most intense and delicious chocolate cake that you will ever taste.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • For the Cake
  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups of sugar
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt or sea salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk, shaken
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup freshly brewed coffee
  • For the Frosting
  • 6 oz. good semisweet chocolate (or cocoa powder)
  • 2 sticks unsalted, at room temperature
  • 1 extra-large egg yolk, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 ¼ cups sifted confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee powder if you
Directions
  1. For the Cake
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter two round cake pans. Line with parchment paper, then butter and flour the pans.
  3. 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.
  4. Place one 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.
  5. For the Chocolate Frosting
  6. 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 until smooth. Dissolve the coffee powder in 2 teaspoons of the hottest water. On low speed, add the chocolate or cocoa and coffee to the butter mixture and mix until blended. Don't whip! Spread immediately on the cooled cake.
Notes
Serve with raspberries and ice cream

If using chocolate 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

 

Famous Beef & Beer Chili

Famous Beef & Beer Chili
Coffee and beer give this thick, spicy, beefy chili deep layers of flavor
Serves: 8
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Ingredients
  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • ¾ lb. beef sirloin, cubed
  • 1 (14½ ounce) can diced tomatoes with the juice
  • 1 bottle Eisbock Beer (341 mL) or another dark beer
  • 1 cup strong coffee
  • 2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste
  • 1 can beef broth
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 3 ½ tablespoons chili sauce or powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 (15 ounce) cans kidney beans
  • 4 hot chili peppers, seeded and chopped*
Directions
  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook onions, garlic, ground beef and cubed sirloin in oil for 10 minutes, or until the meat is well browned and the onions are tender.
  2. Mix in the diced tomatoes with juice, dark beer, coffee, tomato paste and beef broth. Season with brown sugar, chili powder, cumin, cocoa powder, oregano, cayenne pepper, coriander and salt. Stir in 2 cans of the beans and hot chile peppers. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for 1½ hours.
  3. Stir in the 2 remaining cans of beans, and simmer for another 30 minutes.
Notes
chili peppers
Use one type of pepper or a combination of jalapeno chili pepper, red chile pepper, banana chili pepper, serrano chili pepper


 

Here’s a video on how to make this chili

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