I found the original recipe here, and the only thing I changed was double the recipe, so I got a three-layer 6-inch cake, and cupcakes. I made a teeny error in judgement though, and only made 12 cupcakes. I could have easily gotten two dozen cupcakes from the recipe. They rose like crazy, and I had a dozen monster cupcakes. (Paul wasn’t complaining!)
I’m posting the original recipe, and it makes one triple-layer 6-inch cake. If you are a chocolate fan, then go and make this cake! You will not be disappointed. Rich chocolate cake with a creamy, silky chocolate buttercream icing. Oh, yes. Death by Chocolate indeed!
Yield: 1 triple-layer 6 inch cake
For the cake:
1⅓ c. flour
⅔ c. cocoa powder
1½ c. sugar
1¼ tsp. baking powder
1¼ tsp. baking soda
¾ tsp. salt
¾ c. milk
⅓ c. vegetable oil
1½ tsp. vanilla
¾ c. strong brewed coffee, hot
For the frosting:
1 c. butter, softened
3½ c. icing sugar
½ c. cocoa powder
¼ tsp. salt
2 tsp. vanilla
¼ c. heavy cream
To make the cake, preheat oven to 350°F. Grease three 6-inch pans and dust with cocoa powder (or brush pans with Miracle Cake Release). Set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the eggs on medium-low until yolks and whites are combined, but not over-mixed. Add in the milk, oil, and vanilla, and mix. Slowly pour in the dry ingredients while the mixer is on low. When the batter is cohesive, slowly add in the coffee and mix on low. When batter is smooth and thin, stop the mixer. (The batter will look VERY thin. It’s okay, trust me!)
Pour batter evenly into the prepared plans (recipe makes 2 dozen cupcakes if you don’t make a cake), and tap lightly on the counter to remove any air. Bake in the preheated oven for 32-35 minutes, or until centers are set, and toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Let the cakes cool in the pans for 5-10 minutes, then remove from the pans and cool completely on wire rack.
To make the frosting, cream the butter in a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment until light and fluffy. Stop the mixer, and add 3 cups of the icing sugar, and all the cocoa powder into the mixer. Mix on low until combined.
Turn mixer to medium and add vanilla, salt and cream. Beat until fully absorbed and creamy. Add more icing sugar or milk if needed.
To assemble the cake, place a cake layer on cake stand, and spread an even layer of icing on the first cake layer. Top with second layer of cake, another layer of frosting, and top with last layer of cake. Finish cake with remaining frosting, covering the top and sides of the cake evenly.
Store cake in the fridge until needed, then take out about 30 minutes before serving. Slice, and serve.