I've gotten a request for a chocolate birthday cake. I've made chocolate cakes before, but I want something special. Something that is moist and delicious. I want the best chocolate cake ever! So that's what I searched for. And I found a recipe that was called just that... The Best Chocolate Cake You Ever Ate. OK, I'm in!
Making this cake is easy enough. You start off with 2 cups of sugar and 2 cups of flour sifted together.
Then in a saucepan bring the butter, oil, water and cocoa powder up to a boil.
Make sure all the butter is melted, remove from heat and add to the flour/sugar mixture.
In another bowl (here we go again, so far two bowls and a saucepan!) dissolve the baking soda in the buttermilk then mix that with eggs, salt, cinnamon and vanilla.
Mix into the flour/cocoa mixture and the pour into a greased 9 x 13 baking pan. Bake at 375 for 20 minutes. It took about 27 minutes for mine to be done. Start at 20 minutes though and then check.
When you have about five minutes left of baking time, start the frosting. In a saucepan combine butter, cocoa and milk and bring to a boil.
Remove from the heat and whisk in confectioner's sugar. The recipe calls for 4 cups, which I thought was excessive, so I cut it down to 3 cups. It's still plenty sweet! After all the sugar is whisked in, stir in pecans. By now the cake should be done and removed from the oven so pour the frosting over the hot cake.
The glaze does seep into the cake and make it very very moist. As a non cake lover, Nick really loved this cake. But to me, I found it too sweet and rather unimpressive. I will definitely cut back the cinnamon next time or leave it out completely and add instant coffee. I think that would be better. Also, I found the pecans unnecessary, and that is coming from a nut lover! All in all, the cake is good, but the best chocolate cake I ever ate? No. And the search continues!