Old-Fashioned Chocolate Cake with Glossy Chocolate Icing

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Old-Fashioned Chocolate Cake with Glossy Chocolate Icing

This is not a molten-middle, blacker-than-night chocolate cake. It's the kind of cake grandma used to make, with "Betty Crocker" looks and one-of-kind flavor.

Makes

10 servings

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Ingredients

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Test Kitchen Tip

To give the icing for this cake a chance to set up, make it before starting in on the cake.

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350° with rack in middle position. Coat two 8-inch-round cake pans with nonstick spray.

Whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl.

Combine water, oil, vinegar, instant coffee, and vanilla in a large measuring cup. Add to the dry ingredients and whisk just until combined—a few lumps are okay. Divide batter among pans (3 cups in each), then bake until a toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean, 35–40 min. Cool cakes for 15 minutes on a rack, then invert onto the rack. Leave cakes upside down to cool completely (this flattens domed cakes).

To assemble, set one cake layer on a serving plate and spread with 1 cup Glossy Chocolate Icing. Top with second cake layer, then spread remaining icing over top and sides.

How to Build and Frost a Layer Cake

Check out our quick video for step-by-step instructions on How to Build and Frost a Perfect Layer Cake.

Combine wet ingredients with dry, whisking just to combine. Do not overmix or cake could be tough.

Combine wet ingredients with dry, whisking just to combine. Do not overmix or cake could be tough.

When a toothpick inserted in center of cakes comes out clean, they're done. Cool cakes completely.

When a toothpick inserted in center of cakes comes out clean, they're done. Cool cakes completely.

Nutritional Facts

Nutritional Facts

Per serving

Calories: 814

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 40g 61%

Sodium 501mg 20%

Carbs 109g 36%

Fiber 4g 16%

Protein 8g

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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