A couple weeks ago, while on vacation, I was watching the food network and caught Barefoot Contessa where Ina Gartner was making Beatty’s Chocolate Cake. The secret ingredient: coffee. This is added to bring out the chocolate flavor.
This cake had a loose very-moist crumb and if I didn’t dump the coffee in the cake batter myself, I wouldn’t have believed there was coffee in it because there was not a hint of coffee flavoring in the cake. I do think the coffe brought out the chocolate flavor as it was supposed to. For the frosting, I used a swiss meringue chocolate buttercream, so rich and silky.
This cake is probably one of the easiest and least time-consuming chocolate cakes I’ve made from scratch. Very easy to whip together. The frosting on the other hand, is a bit more invovled.
One thing to warn you about this cake is it rises quite a bit, so don’t over-fill the pans before baking!
Beatty’s Chocolate Cake
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup good cocoa powder
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 cup buttermilk, shaken
1/2 cup oil
2 large eggs, at room temp
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease 2 8-inch round cake pans. Line with parchment paper, then pan again.
Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and mix on low spread until combined. In another bowl, combine the buttermilk, oil, eggs and vanilla. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry. With mixer still on low, add the coffee and stir just to combine, scraping the bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Pour the batter into the pans and bake for 30-40 minutes, until cake tester comes out clean. Cool in the pans for 30 minutes, then turn them out onto a cooling rack and cool completely.
Place 1 layer, flat side up, on a flat plate or cake pedestal. With a knife or offset spatula, spread the top with frosting. Place the second layer on top, rounded side up, and spread the frosting evenly on the top and sides of cake.
Recipe from Food Network