Simply Perfect Chocolate Cake


This is THE BEST chocolate cake recipe out there!  Easy, one-bowl recipe, moist and melt-in-your-mouth, with tons of deep chocolate flavor! This is something I have been meaning to share for a long time!  My chocolate cupcake recipe is one of the top posts on this site, and readers are always asking me if it can be done as a cake too.  So here it is (finally!): Simply Perfect Chocolate Cake.

INGREDIENTS

For the chocolate cake layers
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cake flour
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt or sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
For the cocoa simple syrup (optional)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup water
For the chocolate Swiss meringue buttercream
  • 6 large egg whites
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups unsalted butter, softened but still cool
  • 10 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, melted and cooled slightly
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. reheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Generously mist three 8-inch diameter by 3-inch high cake pans with non-stick spray, and line with circles cut from parchment paper.
  3. Place the sugar, flours, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl, and whisk to combine.
  4. Cut the butter into smaller pieces and add it to the dry ingredients.
  5. Mix on low speed until the mixture resembles damp sand (30 seconds to a minute).
  6. Please visit Simply Perfect Chocolate Cake for instructions.

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