Hi Friends! You asked for more recipes in our reader response survey so I am going to deliver! Today I have a positively perfect homemade cocoa cake recipe to share with you! I get crazy happy when I discover a recipe that is share worthy and this delicious cake most definitely is! It’s has the loveliest consistency too, not too dry, not too gooey and a day or two in the fridge makes it even tastier.
Cocoa cakes have been around for a very long time, in fact they were one of my Mom’s most favorite cakes to make. I have thought about that some and I think I know why. Cocoa was an ingredient that she always had in her kitchen cupboard. I would venture to say that most of us have these basic staples in our kitchen; Cocoa, flour, sugar, oil, vanilla salt and baking soda and baking powder. If you have these along with an egg or two you can make a cake.
I have always enjoyed baking when I have the time, but I sure don’t like to be rushed. Have you ever tried to make a homemade cake in-between car-pooling, tending a cross baby, suffering with a back-ache or being just plain tired? Well don’t even go there, the frustration and agony of defeat will leave you spent and believing that you can’t make a cake! With a scenario like this there is a good chance that the precious batter will end up going down the disposal.
( You know I’ve tried this … and there were tears.) There is a place and time for making and baking a cake from scratch, looking back it may not have been with a small child on my hip!
Don’t rush the seasons of life.
Now, as perfect as my Mom’s Cocoa cake recipe is, I felt it was time to try a new recipe out. Whenever I venture out of my baking comfort zone I go with folks I know. The recipe for this cake and for the caramel icing recipe that I will share next week comes from Trisha Yearwood. I have made a few tweaks here and there.
- 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
- 2/3 cup sifted cocoa
- 1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/3 stick unsalted butter (2/3) cup softened
- 1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/3 cups water
- Cooking Spray (Bakers Joy)
- Cooling rack
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray two 9-inch round cake pans with Bakers Joy.
- In a bowl sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
- In a separate bowl with an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until fluffy.
- (about 5 minutes.)
- Add eggs,and vanilla and beat on high speed for 3 minutes.
- Add the flour mixture in stages with 1 1/3 cups water, beginning and ending with flour.
- Divide the batter evenly between the prepared cake pans and bake between 30-35 minutes.
- Cool cake in pans for 10 minutes and then turn layers out onto racks that have been sprayed with Bakers Joy.
I dressed up this delicious cake with a handmade cake topper that you can easily make too.
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Thank you for joining me today!
Next week I’ll be sharing my homemade Caramel Frosting and I’ll share with you the details on how to caramelize brown sugar in a cast iron skillet. Hopefully I will be able to include the video I made too.
Happy weekend !