I Want Chocolate Cake Cake

Our friend had a birthday at the beach the other day, and we all had dinner to celebrate.  No party is complete without chocolate cake, so this gave me the perfect excuse to make Smitten Kitchen’s “I want chocolate cake” cake.  It’s rich, and dark, and served the four of us well at our little shindig.  The cake was incredibly dark and dense, and after I sweetened the frosting up just a touch, I loved that too.  It’s small and simple to whip up–perfect for a quick get together.i want chocolate cake cake.

To make an 8×8 cake, you will need:

For the cake:
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon table or fine sea salt

For the frosting:
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar (sifted if lumpy)
1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
Pinch of fine sea salt
1 tablespoons cream or whole milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

To make the cake:

Heat oven to 350°F. Line the bottom of an 8-inch square cake pan with parchment paper, and either butter the parchment and exposed sides of the pan, or spray the interior with a nonstick spray. In a large bowl, use a hand or stand mixer to beat the butter and sugars until fluffy; scrape down bowl. Add the egg, yolk and vanilla and beat until combined, then the buttermilk and mix again. Scrape the bowl down well and don’t worry if the batter looks uneven. Place your flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a sifter (I find this step necessary because my cocoa is very lumpy) and shake it over the batter bowl. Stir on low until just combined; scrape down bowl a final time. Scoop batter into prepared pan and smooth flat. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool for 5 to 10 minutes in cake pan on cooling rack, then flip out onto rack or serving plate to completely finish cooling before frosting.

To make the frosting:

Beat butter, powdered sugar and salt in a large bowl with an electric mixer until fluffy. Pour in chocolate, milk and vanilla, beat until combined, then one more minute to whip it further. Scoop the frosting onto the cooled chocolate cake and swirl it around. Finish with rainbow sprinkles.

decorated cake

(Her name starts with M, so we decorated as such.)

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