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Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake with My Favorite Buttercream Icing

If you don’t celebrate any other holiday this year- I guess this would be the one to pick! It’s National Cake Day and in its honor we’re posting our favorite cake. This chocolate cake is an old-fashioned recipe from my great aunt. It’s super moist with a classic chocolate cake flavor. But probably my most favorite part- and really the cake is just an excuse to make it- is the ICING! Shan makes the best icing I’ve ever had. I don’t think you can get much better than a simple buttercream icing. So whether you put it on the cake or just secretly eat out of the bowl- you’re going to love it!
So get to celebrating, and happy National Cake Day! Now I can’t wait for Bacon Day to roll around!
OLD FASHIONED CHOCOLATE CAKE
PREP TIME: 10 MINUTES
TOTAL TIME: 35 MINUTES
MAKES 1, 9×13 or 2, 9-inch round cakes
Ingredients
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup water
2 sticks, butter
1/4 heaping cup cocoa
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly butter and flour a 9-x-13-inch baking pan or 2, 9-inch round cake pans.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, and baking soda.
3. In a small saucepan combine the water, butter and cocoa. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Let boil for 30 seconds.
4. Slowly whisk the cocoa mixture into the flour mixture. Whisk in the buttermilk, eggs and vanilla.
5. Pour the batter into the pan(s). Bake for about 25 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
6. Allow to cool to room temperature before removing from the pan(s) and icing.
BUTTERCREAM ICING
PREP TIME: 10 MINUTES
TOTAL TIME: 40 MINUTES
Ingredients
1 1/2 cups cream
5 tablespoons flour
2 sticks butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1. In a saucepan heat the cream and flour over medium heat, stirring constantly. Continue to cook until the mixture reaches a thick paste consistency. Remove from the heat and place in the icebox or freezer until chilled (do not freeze).
2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar together until smooth. Whisk in the vanilla.
2. Remove the flour mixture from the icebox/freezer and beat until smooth. Add it to the sugar mixture and beat on high until it is extremely smooth.