Sunday, January 20, 2013

on a buttermilk cake...

Sometimes you just need to bake a cake. I've been wanting to make more sweet things lately and so a cake sounded like a good idea. I love using buttermilk when baking. I use it quick frequently. It gives cakes and pastries a nice texture & taste. This is my favorite Buttermilk Chocolate Cake recipe and has become my to go whenever we are in the mood for some chocolate. It's really great because there are endless ways to dress up this cake. I totally recommend this next time you bake a cake! 

2 cups flour
1 cup cocoa
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
1 1/2 cup buttermilk
2 teaspoon vanilla
1 3/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 stick unsalted butter
3 large eggs
1/2 cup sour cream

Directions: Preheat oven to 350
1//Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt and set aside. 
2// In small bowl mix together buttermilk, vanilla and sour cream. Set aside.
3// Add butter and brown sugar in the mixing bowl and mix together. Beat until it becomes creamy. Add eggs one at a time on low speed. 
4//Next add dry ingredients and buttermilk mixture alternatively. A little bit of dry and then a little bit of the buttermilk mixture. Do this until all of both are in the mixing bowl. Mix together until smooth. 
5// Butter and sprinkle pans with cocoa so that the cake doesn't stick. Pour batter in either two 8 inch round baking pans or one 13 by 9 baking dish. I used the 13 by 9.  
two 8 inch baking pans bake for 25-30
one 13 by 9 baking pan bake for 35-40

You can use whatever frosting you love best. I used a simple chocolate glaze that I just poured on the top. I figured if I was doing this thing I'd go all the way man!

Chocolate Glaze-
3/4 cup heavy cream
6 oz semisweet chocolate 
1 tablespoon powdered sugar

1//heat heavy cream over the stove. Once it starts to bubble turn heat down and add semisweet chocolate and whisk until it's all melted. Add powdered sugar. Mix well and pour over the cake evenly. Give it a half and hour to sit so that the glaze hardens slightly. 

Top it with some whipped cream and enjoy! If that doesn't make you do a happy dance then I don't know what will :) 

Happy baking!

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