Rich Chocolate Cake

Rich Chocolate Cake with Milk Chocolate Icing Recipe

Pinit

Let me start off by saying that this chocolate cake is probably the best chocolate cake I’ve ever put in my mouth. No joke.

I would also like to state that Herb has one of the cutest little grandmothers in the world. Let’s call her Grandma Herb. Grandma Herb is  married to the first Herb, the “original Herb” one might say. My Herb is actually Herb the Third. Anyway, Grandma Herb was born in 1916, and recently we celebrated her 96th (wow!) birthday with her.

If you met Grandma Herb, you would never guess she is 96. She is still young at heart, and quite a feisty little lady that is full of personality! We love visiting with her and listening to her amazing stories. At 96, she’s seen a lot of life, and has a great memory and knack for grabbing your attention with a story!

About a week before her birthday, I asked her if she had a favorite dessert that I could make for her birthday, whether it was a cake, pie, cookies, or whatever. She simply said, “Chocolate Cake!” So I set out to find a great chocolate cake recipe for her. When Herb and I got married recently, she gave me a Better Homes and Gardens cookbook, so I used the milk chocolate icing recipe from that. The cake recipe, however, is adapted from from The Little Black Book of Chocolate!

 Rich Chocolate Cake

Recipe Ingredients

  • 3 oz (3 squares) semisweet chocolate
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup boiling water

For Milk Chocolate Butter Frosting

  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 cup milk chocolate pieces (I used milk chocolate chips)
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3-5 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Ingredients for Rich Chocolate Cake with Milk Chocolate Icing Recipe
Ingredients for Rich Chocolate Cake with Milk Chocolate Icing Recipe

Recipe Directions

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. I used a bundt pan for this recipe, but you could use two 9-inch round baking pans to make more of a layer cake. Whatever pan you use, grease it lightly with cooking spray or crisco.
In a sauce pan, heat your 3 squares of semisweet chocolate over low-medium heat until chocolate melts. (I halved my squares first.) This may take a little patience. Be careful not to burn your chocolate!
Rich Chocolate Cake with Milk Chocolate Icing Recipe
Once chocolate is melted, take sauce pan off heat and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, combine sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt.
Rich Chocolate Cake with Milk Chocolate Icing Recipe
Rich Chocolate Cake with Milk Chocolate Icing Recipe
Add milk, vegetable oil, eggs, vanilla, and the melted chocolate and beat together for about a minute until everything is combined well.
Rich Chocolate Cake with Milk Chocolate Icing Recipe
Rich Chocolate Cake with Milk Chocolate Icing Recipe
Boil the cup of water and then stir this into the cake batter until it is mixed through. Then pour batter into the pan and bake for 20-30 minutes until done. Cool cake completely before you ice it.
While your cake is baking, you can make the frosting.
In a large mixing bowl, beat the softened butter with an electric mixer for about one minute until the butter is smooth. Melt the cup of milk chocolate pieces (after popping a few in your mouth for good measure!) I melted them in the microwave, but you have to be careful that your chocolate doesn’t burn this way and stir the pieces every few seconds or so.
Rich Chocolate Cake with Milk Chocolate Icing Recipe
Add the melted chocolate to the butter and mix for about 30 seconds. Gradually beat in 1 cup of the powdered sugar. Slowly beat in the milk and vanilla. Then gradually beat in the rest of the powdered sugar.
Rich Chocolate Cake with Milk Chocolate Icing Recipe
After everything is well blended, you may need to add some additional milk to get your icing to spreading consistency. Oh yeah, this would also be a good point to do the finger test – you know, dipping your finger in the icing to taste test it of course!
After your cake is cooled completely, you can ice your cake! Top with sprinkles or chocolate shavings if desired!
Rich Chocolate Cake with Milk Chocolate Icing Recipe
Rich Chocolate Cake with Milk Chocolate Icing Recipe
Rich Chocolate Cake with Milk Chocolate Icing Recipe
Rich Chocolate Cake with Milk Chocolate Icing Recipe
Pinit

Is your mouth watering yet?!?!
Rich Chocolate Cake with Milk Chocolate Icing Recipe
We give this recipe 5/5 herbs. It was the most moist, rich, and delicious chocolate cake I’ve ever eaten! Do yourself a favor and make this cake!
Happy Birthday, Grandma Herb!

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