Best Ever Chocolate Cake

By 9/30/2010 , , , ,

In keeping with the theme I created a PacMan cake for the 80's party.


The cake was Pioneer Women's Best Ever Chocolate Sheet Cake, the frosting is from her other site Tasty Kitchen and is called Best I've Ever Tasted Frosting,  sounded like a match made in heaven to me!
The 
Cake:


  • 2 cups Flour (250g)
  • 2 cups Sugar (450g)
  • ¼ teaspoons Salt
  • 4 Tablespoons (heaping) Cocoa 
  • 2 sticks Butter 
  • 1 cup Boiling Water
  • ½ cups Buttermilk 
  • 2 whole Beaten Eggs 
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  1. In a mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, and salt.
  2. In a saucepan, melt butter. Add cocoa. Stir together. I used VERY heaping tablespoons and it turned out well.
  3. Add boiling water, allow mixture to boil for 30 seconds, then turn off heat. Pour over flour mixture, and stir lightly to cool. This part isn't as bad as it sounds.
  4. In a measuring cup, pour the buttermilk and add beaten eggs, baking soda, and vanilla. Stir buttermilk mixture into butter/chocolate mixture. Pour into sheet cake pan and bake at 350-degrees for 20 minutes. Grease your pan, my two 9 inch rounds took longer than 20 minutes.

I used plain old Nestle cocoa, and LOTS of it.
  
Added to the butter.

Boiling for 30 seconds 

    Adding to the flour mixture that didn't have to be sifted, woot!
    Putting together the buttermilk mixture... You can make Loveless Cafe biscuits with the left over buttermilk... at least that's what I did ;-)

    Now mix that in too.
    See pretty easy for a chocolate cake, no double boiler complication.

    I was pretty distraught though... Pioneer Woman LIED to me! She said I didn't need to grease the pan... but see I did...

    Luckily I frosted it back together enough for it to be the bottom layer, but I suppose I can forgive her since this was suppose to be a sheet cake, I learned for you though, SPRAY your pan!

    I cut out a piece to act as Pacman's mouth / to be able to shove a turner under there to help release the cake from the pan.

    Pepper even helped out in the kitchen, see she's opening the drawer for me, silly girl!

    See the rest in the upcoming frosting post!

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