Triple layer chocolate cake with a few sweet strawberries makes a delicious Valentine's day treat.
Triple layer chocolate cake with a few sweet strawberries makes a delicious Valentine’s day treat.

Although we don’t fully celebrate the commercialized holiday of Valentine’s Day at our house, I do use it as a built-in excuse to prepare sweet treats for the ones I love. And let’s be honest….I enjoy eating them just as much as everyone else.  And what better sweet is there than chocolate?

Typically in a rush for time, I would go to the store, grab a box of cake mix and get started.  But this year, with the snow and ice among us causing dangerous driving conditions, I decided it would be better to make a homemade version of a classic chocolate cake recipe. I am so glad that I did – it was the most moist and delicious cake that I have ever made.  And it is so quick and easy – actually faster (and cheaper) than driving to and from the store.

So this year, when you are looking for a special dessert to make for your Valentine, give this recipe a try.  There is just something that tastes better and is more satisfying when it is made from scratch.  Right Jim?

Classic Chocolate Cake Recipe

CAKE Ingredients:

2 cups sugar
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup cocoa
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup hot water or hot coffee

FROSTING Ingredients:

Makes approximately 2 cups
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
2/3 cup cocoa
3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions:
Heat oven to 350°F.

Grease and flour three 8-inch round cake pans, or two – 9 inch round cake pans, or a 9 x 13 baking pan.

1. Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl – mix with a whisk until well incorporated.

2. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed using the paddle attachment of a stand mixer for 2 minutes.

3. Stir in boiling water or hot coffee.  Mix into batter.

4. Pour batter into prepared pans.

3. Bake until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.  (approximately 30-35 minutes for two or three cake pans, 35-40 minutes for 9 x 13 baking pan)

4. Cool 10 minutes in pans.  Then remove cakes from pans to cool on wire racks. Cool completely before icing.

5. TO PREPARE ICING:  In a mixing bowl add melted butter and stir in cocoa. Slowly add  1/2 of the powdered sugar and then the milk. Add the remaining powdered sugar – beat to spreading consistency, adding a small amount of milk if needed.   Stir in the vanilla.  Ice cake as desired.

Enjoy!

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Mary and Jim

Classic Chocolate Cake Recipe

Ingredients

CAKE Ingredients:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup hot water or hot coffee

FROSTING Ingredients:

  • Makes approximately 2 cups
  • 1/2 cup 1 stick butter or margarine
  • 2/3 cup cocoa
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350°F.
  2. Grease and flour three 8-inch round cake pans, or two – 9 inch round cake pans, or a 9 x 13 baking pan.
  3. Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl – mix with a whisk until well incorporated.
  4. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed using the paddle attachment of a stand mixer for 2 minutes.
  5. Stir in boiling water or hot coffee. Mix into batter.
  6. Pour batter into prepared pans.
  7. Bake until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. (approximately 30-35 minutes for two or three cake pans, 35-40 minutes for 9 x 13 baking pan)
  8. Cool 10 minutes in pans. Then remove cakes from pans to cool on wire racks. Cool completely before icing.

Recipe Notes

recipe courtesy of Old World Garden Farms

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