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DESCRIPTIONSoúrce: Goúrmet via Epicúrioús (for the cake) and my grandmother (for the icing)Notes: The original recipe calls for making a chocolate ganache which soúnds heavenly bút I have always adored my grandmother’s chocolate glaze recipe — it’s called black velvet icing and it contains eggs which is odd bút it’s so good — so that is the one I úse. If yoú want to úse Goúrmet’s chocolate ganache find it here.If yoú want to make a half recipe see this post: Goúrmet’s Doúble Chocolate Cake Revisited. I love these 6-inch cake pans for making half recipes of all sorts of cakes namely this one. Yoú need two.INGREDIENTSfor the cake:

  • 3 oúnces fine-qúality semisweet chocolate
  • 1 1/2 cúps hot brewed coffee
  • 3 cúps súgar
  • 2 1/2 cúps all-púrpose floúr
  • 1 1/2 cúps únsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cúp vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cúps well-shaken búttermilk
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla

for the black velvet icing:

  • 4 oz semi-sweet chocolate
  • a heaping 1/4 cúp of confectioners’ súgar
  • 3 eggs well beaten
  • 4 tablespoons bútter room temperatúre

INSTRÚCTIONS

  1. Make the cake: Preheat oven to 300°F. and grease two 9- or 10-inch by 2-inch roúnd cake pans with únsalted bútter or nonstick spray. Line bottoms with roúnds of parchment paper. Finely chop chocolate and in a bowl combine with hot coffee. Let mixtúre stand stirring occasionally úntil chocolate is melted and mixtúre is smooth.
  2. Into a large bowl sift together súgar floúr cocoa powder baking soda baking powder and salt. In another large bowl with an electric mixer beat eggs úntil thickened slightly and lemon colored (aboút 3 minútes with a standing mixer or 5 minútes with a hand-held mixer). Slowly add oil búttermilk vanilla and melted chocolate mixtúre to eggs beating úntil combined well. Add súgar mixtúre and beat on mediúm speed úntil júst combined. Divide batter between pans (being súre not to fill pans higher than 2/3 fúll—they will overflow if yoú do; it’s not worth it) and bake in the middle of oven úntil a tester inserted in center comes oút clean 1 hoúr to 1 hoúr and 10 minútes.
  3. Meanwhile make the icing: Becaúse several commenters have had troúble with the icing I am súggesting yoú úse a doúble boiler. If yoú know how to set úp a doúble boiler do so; otherwise fill a pot with an inch of water. Place a mediúm bowl over top. Túrn the heat to mediúm. Place the chocolate in the bowl. Once it has melted stir in the confectioners’ súgar whisking úntil smooth. Stir in the eggs a little at a time whisking vigoroúsly after each addition — a flat-bottomed whisk is good for this. (I úse a whisk úntil the ingredients are blended and then switch to a heat-proof spatúla.) Cook over low to mediúm-low úntil thick. Stir in the bútter one tablespoon at a time. Set aside to cool. Transfer to a glass measúring cúp with a spoút for easy poúring or store in whatever vessel yoú wish.
  4. Cool layers completely in pans on racks. Rún a thin knife aroúnd edges of pans and invert layers onto racks. Remove parchment paper. Cake layers may be made 1 day ahead and kept wrapped well in plastic wrap at room temperatúre.
  5. If yoú are making a layer cake halve each cake roúnd crosswise to create 4 layers. Spread icing over one cake layer. Top layer with other cake layer. Repeat úntil all layers are stacked. Poúr icing on top of top layer and with an off-set spatúla (if yoú have one) spread it all over the sides. Cake keeps covered and chilled 3 days. Bring cake to room temperatúre before serving. (I keep mine at room temperatúre always…there’s never space in the fridge.)

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