I came up with this recipe after going through tons of recipes and reviews. I like nice solid cakes, and this one is a little on the dense side but it's moist and has good amounts of chocolate and vanilla so that you can taste them but they're not overpowering. It is to-die-for good with frosting that is not too sweet or heavy.

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Cake:
Frosting:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter and flour two 9x2-inch cake pans.

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  • Sift flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together in a bowl and set aside.

  • Whisk eggs in a large mixing bowl until yolks are broken. Add oil, buttermilk, sour cream, red food coloring, vanilla extract, and vinegar; mix to combine. Add flour mixture in 3 batches, mixing by hand as little as possible so as not to overbeat. If mixing with an electric mixer, add flour mixture and mix until just incorporated. Divide batter evenly between the prepared pans.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes before removing cakes from pans to cool completely on a wire rack, 20 to 30 minutes more.

  • Meanwhile, whip cream cheese in a bowl using an electric mixer on high speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Scrape into a different bowl.

  • Sift sugar, flour, and salt together in a medium saucepan. Turn heat to medium-high and whisk in milk and vanilla extract slowly until there are no lumps. Cook until it starts to bubble and becomes thick and pudding-like, 7 to 8 minutes. Pour into a mixing bowl and refrigerate for 10 minutes.

  • Whisk chilled mixture using an electric mixer with a whisk attachment for 5 minutes. Add whipped cream cheese slowly, whisking until you have a smooth frosting, about 5 minutes more. Use to frost cooled cake.

Cook's Notes:

If you don't have buttermilk, squeeze juice of one lemon into a 1-cup measure and then fill it with milk. Let it sit 5 minutes before using.

Add 1 to 2 cups of powdered sugar to frosting once it is finished if you want to make it a little sweeter and more stiff.

Nutrition Facts

758 calories; 45 g total fat; 95 mg cholesterol; 692 mg sodium. 80.7 g carbohydrates; 10.1 g protein; Full Nutrition