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Beatty’s Chocolate Cake
RECIPE COURTESY OF INA GARTEN
Level: Intermediate
Total: 1 hr 35 min
Prep: 30 min
Inactive: 30 min
Cook: 35 min
Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients

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 Frosting, recipe follows

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

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter two 8-inch x 2-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.

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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:

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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37 Comments

  1. Audit Critic says:

    I just made this cake and it fell. Why? I did everything just like Ina did. I don't get it?

  2. Hannah Jones says:

    Definitely don’t need icing with this, its very rich. I just sprinkled icing sugar over the top it looks great. Tastes delicious too, so moist

  3. Diashati Mardiasmo says:

    Is there any way to make this chocolate cake without coffee in it? My son loves chocolate and I’d like to make this for his bday.

  4. Santosh Thapa says:

    Nice

  5. SevenDaysofStyle says:

    This looks delicious. Is this the Beatty's chocolate cake that I hear so much about? xxJ

  6. Precious Joy Dela Rapa says:

    Tried this recipe for my dad's birthday today. Amazing!!!!

  7. JENIQUE THOMAS says:

    How did she get the paper from underneath

  8. sheesh says:

    from da back

  9. Caleb Torres says:

    That Chocolate cake looks soooooo freakin goooddddddd!!!!!🤤🤤🤤🤤🤤

  10. MIND POP says:

    Can I use 1.5×8 inch pans and can I substitute coffe for hot water

  11. Hershey Kisses says:

    Milk and this cake… Wish I could eat it everyday!

  12. Who's Barefoot Contessa and Ina Garten?

  13. Salwa Ahmed says:

    I lky yr recipes esp dis

  14. Had been making this cake for all family occasions going one year now. Everyone loves it!
    I just adjust the sugar a bit but it's still tasty as it is.

  15. Saadiya Malik says:

    This looks great. I recently bought 6 inch pans. Will it be OK to bake in the 6 inch pans?

  16. JC19 BB says:

    Barefoot lady is 🔥 and the cake too!! Yuuuum!!

  17. Noah Winston says:

    I made this cake and ……..yes 👍, this cake is out of this world. The butter frosting is to die for.

  18. Angel Muñez says:

    Tried this and it's soooooo goooooood!

  19. Gigi H says:

    Is it safe to put an egg yolk in frosting?

  20. catherinerose eason says:

    Is that powdered sugar because you don’t sat and how much please

  21. O Wijayaratne says:

    I can't get butter milk in my area. Could someone please tell me what I can replace it with?

  22. nk nk says:

    I.​ love.​her.​ very.​much.​ I.ever.​ look.​ her.​ many.​ years.​ ago.​ She.​made.​ food.​ ……… on.T.V

  23. Margie Vula says:

    Made this yesterday & my family just loved it!! Thank you for the recipe. Ive googled & tried 2 recipes but this one is now my fav & go to for bday cake @home. I cldnt do the fristing as my 4 boys were already at the table,ready to taste it 🙉❤❤❤

  24. Diane Milligan says:

    This chocolate cake recipe sounds wonderful. However, I would never risk using raw egg yolk as an ingredient in the buttercream frosting.

  25. dasilverwelshman says:

    "Perfect" describes just about anything this woman makes. I absolutely adore her!

  26. Kirsty Altomo says:

    So if you don’t have buttermilk, what can you use?

  27. Spikey Cute Face says:

    This is the BEST recipe ever! Been making it for years. It’s on the back of the Hershey’s container.

  28. Tinah Jantan says:

    I like this is cake recapi chocolate, I looks, every best. Simple recapi.

  29. Salem Saleh says:

    Just cake and vibes 🍰

  30. Shonda Casselman says:

    I'm not a very big sweet person any more. But I will not turn down anything chocolate. 😍😍😋

  31. TG PR says:

    This is the only chocolate cake I make now. It is the best. I'm a chocoholic and very picky with my chocolate treats. This is at the top of the list for best chocolate treats I have ever had.

  32. Carmen Tarafa says:

    Traimelo

  33. Sunset lover25 says:

    A raw egg in frosting? 🥴

  34. Opie ** says:

    Oh me gosh just made this cake and yes I tweeked it a little,,, let me tell you its so delish

  35. The Magical Herb & Vegetable Garden says:

    Made this today with my kid. I can see why this is her top cake recipe. Damn..

  36. Margaret McIntosh says:

    I try the chocolate cake but I’m trying to find red velvet cake thanks in advance

  37. yvette ayson says:

    When I was younger, I used to watch this show on food network

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