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Delicious Chocolate Birthday Cake

18 Jul

Recently I made a super yummy chocolate birthday cake from scratch following the recipe of one of my favorite food network hotties, Ina Garten aka Barefoot Contessa. The cake was for Jill, one of my best friends who is a chocolate freak so I had a lot to live up to. It was actually really easy and everyone loved it! I decided to add strawberries for an extra touch, how do you think it turned out? For the full recipe check out Ina’s website.

Emma and I putting the finishing touches on the cake after we iced it. The icing has a secret ingredient, coffee that makes it super rich and shiny. It also has a not so secret ingredient...butter.

Emma and I putting the finishing touches on the cake after we iced it. The icing has a secret ingredient, coffee that makes it super rich and shiny. It also has a not so secret ingredient...butter.

The icing was glossy!

The icing was glossy!

Happy 23 Jill aka Bill aka Gill! Thanks for bringing a crew of Long Islanders to the party!!

Happy 23 Jill aka Bill aka Gill! Thanks for bringing a crew of Long Islanders to the party!!

For the cake you need:

  • 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 (I used butter instead)
  • 2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee

For the icing you need:

  • 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

Full recipe available here. Happy Baking!

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