Double Chocolate Cake

   The Blog Tech loves chocolate, I don't.  But since it was his birthday, I made him what he wanted. He was very happy.  Here is the recipe:


2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa powder
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 large eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup boiling water

Chocolate Icing:
1 1/4 cups butter
1 1/4 cups shortening
9 cups powdered sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa powder
4-5 T. milk
1/2 C. raspberry jam

1. Prepare three 8 inch cake pans with parchment paper circles in the bottom, and grease the sides.
2. Add all dry ingredients to a large bowl and whisk together.
3. Add eggs, buttermilk and vegetable oil to the dry ingredients and mix well.
4. Add vanilla to boiling water and add to mixture. Mix well.
5. Pour into three 8 inch cakes pans and bake at 300 degrees for about 30-33 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with a few crumbs.
6. Remove cakes from oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes, then remove to cooling racks to cool completely.
7. Make icing while cakes cool. Beat together butter and shortening until smooth.
8. Slowly add 4 cups of powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
9. Add vanilla and 1-2 tbsp water or milk and mix until smooth.
10. Add another 5 cups of powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
11. Add cocoa and mix until smooth.
12. Add more water or milk until the right consistency.
13. Once cakes are cool, place the first layer on a cake plate surrounded by waxed paper.
14. Brush the layer with raspberry jam which you have melted in the microwave. Spread about 3/4 cup of icing on top in an even layer.
15. Add second layer of cake and spread with jam and add another 3/4 cup of icing on top in an even layer.
16. Add final layer of cake on top and ice the outside of the cake.
17. Finish of with sprinkles or other decoration.
 Blend together all the dry ingredients.

 Add the liquids.

 Surround the first layer with waxed paper to just under the edges. Spread with the jam.

 Next add the icing.

 Second layer.

 More jam and icing.

I piped icing around the bottom and top edges and then pressed jimmies into the top.      
Pour yourself a big glass of milk and dig in.


Nellie said…
Yum, yum, and yum! We are chocoholics here!
Alice said…
Do you have a published cook book? I love everything of yours that I have made (Meatloaf I made Sunday got rave reviews). But since they are not as easy to print out, Id buy the book if you had one.
Leeanna said…
How could you post this. I just gained 40 lbs by reading todays post.

Did you know there is a chocolate shortage? I'm not kidding. It's because the drug cartel pays more to grow poppies for cocaine than cocoa plants. This is how the zombie apocalypse starts. All these women stumbling around, glazed, dazed looks, mumbling "need chocolate." I kid you not!
Jim said…
What are you trying to do!?? lol
I LOVE this! Enjoyed the ingredients presentation too!! Such an artiste!
I WILL make this as I know someone is having a birthday in the not too distant future here. I will let you know.
You must have been a teacher in a past life....your explain/present so well all the time. Or, just a natural!
Anonymous said…
I would lie if I say I wouldn't love to eat that cake :-) It looks delicious!

Have a great day!
Anonymous said…
wow, thats a million dollar cake!
Guillaume said…
You had me with chocolate. Double that and I feel absolutely in awe.
Sherry said…
If I could only have one dessert for the rest of my life, it would be chocolate cake. Yours looks divine!
I'm not fond of chocolate. But that is a beautiful cake.
greekwitch said…
Happy bday blog tech you are one lucky fella! Now pass that cake!!!
Barb said…
That cake looks wonderful! A very Happy Birthday to the Blog Tech!!!
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday dear Blooogg Teecchhh!
Happy...Birthday toooo you!!!
(and..maaannnyy moorre!)
Brandon, many happy returns of the day!
Kev Alviti said…
That looks so good! My mouth is watering!
Patty Woodland said…
It's a beautiful cake. Happy birthday to the blog tech