Updated: Dec 1, 2022
This is an over the top, game on, chocolate cake experience not to be forgotten. Pairing with brie cheese frosting adds a creaminess that matches the rich chocolate. Also try this fudge cake with my divinity frosting, link below!
Prep Time: 20 minutes Yield: 12 slices
Chocolate Fudge Cake
3/4 cup dark cocoa powder
1 1/4 cups hot water
3/4 cup butter
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
3 large eggs
2/3 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350°. Prep three 9" round cake pans with cooking spray, then line the bottoms with parchment paper. Alternately, use two 9 inch cake pans, with the option of splitting each layer in two.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the cocoa and hot water until smooth. I heat the water in the microwave. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
In a large bowl of a stand mixer (or a large bowl with beaters and electric hand mixer) using the paddle attachment, beat the butter and shortening together until smooth and creamy. Add the granulated and brown sugars, beating well. Mix in eggs, one at a time, beating well. Blend in the sour cream and vanilla extract.
Mix in flour mixture and cocoa/water mixture, beginning and ending with the flour, until smooth and creamy.
Evenly divide the batter between the two or three 9 inch prepared pans. Bake for 30 minutes, or until cake toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.
Place the pans on a wire rack and let cool until pans are slightly warm. Unmold cakes, remove the parchment, and let cool completely.
If you baked two cake layers, you have the option to split each cake into 2 layers, for a total of four. I prefer to use 3 cake pans, for 3 layers. Frost with desired frosting. Cake keeps in the refrigerator for 5 days. Cake can be served at close to room temperature for best flavor.
Brie Cheese Frosting - Recipe HERE
Divinity Frosting - Recipe HERE