the best chocolate cake ever
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The Best Chocolate Cake

The absolute BEST chocolate cake I've ever had. I really hope this recipe becomes a fast favorite.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, European, Fusion
Keyword chocolate cake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 1 Cake

Ingredients

Cake

  • 180 grams Flour AP
  • 120 grams Cocoa Powder
  • 5 grams Salt
  • 5 grams Vanilla Powder
  • 6 grams Baking Soda
  • 2 grams Baking Powder
  • 300 ml Beer porter, although Stout can be substituted
  • 225 grams Butter
  • 300 grams Sugar granulated
  • 3 large Eggs
  • 100 ml Mayonnaise

Frosting

  • 600 grams Confectioner Sugar aka Powdered Sugar
  • 60 grams Cocoa Powder
  • 130 grams Butter
  • 20 ml Milk adjust to desired texture

Instructions

  • Using a stand mixer with whisk attachment cream together the butter and the sugar until well combined. Add the eggs one at a time on low speed until mixed.
  • In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla powder, and salt.
  • Slowly add the dry ingredients into the stand mixer on low speed, scraping down the sides when need be. Add the beer during this time as well. I jump between adding some dry, then some beer, then some dry and so forth until everything is combined. Add the mayonnaise at this point and let it combine, then turn off the mixer.
  • Preheat your oven to 160 degrees Celsius. In three cake tins butter the bottoms and edges then pour the batter evenly into each of the three tins. Place in the oven to bake for 35 minutes. Do the toothpick test to check for done-ness.
  • Remove the cakes from the tins and place on a wire wrack to cool. The cakes should be completely cool (room temperature) before you begin to frost otherwise everything will melt.
  • Back in the stand mixer on the whisk attachment cream together the butter and the cocoa powder. A little at a time add the powdered sugar to slowly increase the volume. Use the milk to thin it out if it gets too thick (unless you like it really thick).

Notes

As mentioned above, you can substitute Stout for Porter when it comes to the beer, but what we are really looking for is a dark malty caramel flavored beer since those are the flavors we want to be enhanced in the baking process.
You can decorate this cake however you like. For example I used some delicious walnuts from Alona's Grandmother's backyard tree, and some chocolate wafer roll things from the corner store by my place.
As you can see by my frosting, I actually used very little milk. It's a personal preference of mine that I like frosting much more dense or thick, but if you add more milk you will be able to achieve a thinner more 'whipped' type of frosting.