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All-in-One Chocolate Cake and Frosting

All-in-One Chocolate Cake and Frosting

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a 12-cup Bundt baking pan, preferably non-stick, and set aside.
  2. Frosting: In large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, butter and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract: mix well. Add powdered or confectioners' sugar alternately with milk, beating 1-2 minutes or until blended.
  3. Melt chocolate in the microwave, and then quickly add in until blended. Slowly incorporate cocoa powder. Remove 2 3/4 cups of frosting from bowl, placing into a plastic sealable bag. Place bag in refrigerator to chill.
  4. Cake: With mixer at slow speed, add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and eggs, one at a time, to remaining frosting, scraping down the bowl with each addition; beat until blended. In separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add flour mixture to frosting mixture alternately with water; blend well.
  5. Pour into prepared pan and bake 65-70 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 30 minutes. Remove frosting from fridge, and set aside. While cake is still warm, use a knife to loosen the cake from the sides of the pan. Cool completely before removing from pan. Place cake on serving plate and top with frosting.
  6. For Cupcakes: Line 2 or 3 muffin pans with paper liners. Pour to fill halfway, and bake 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.
  7. For Sheet cake: Pour batter into a generously greased and floured 9x13-inch baking dish. Bake 35 to 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.

Quick Tips:

To make cake using white frosting design, remove 1/4 cup of vanilla frosting before adding melted chocolate and cocoa powder. Then reserve 2 1/2 cups of chocolate frosting instead of 2 3/4 cup.

To melt chocolate in the microwave, cook on high for 30 seconds, stir and continue cooking for additional 15 seconds. Repeat this process until chocolate is melted, but not hot.

Before frosting Bundt cake or cupcakes, allow frosting to sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before using.

Baking Tips:

· If your baking soda is older than 6 months, consider replacing it with a fresh package. Baking soda is an active ingredient used to help make baked foods rise, so for best results, always use the freshest ingredients.

· Be careful not to over mix your cake batter. Mix just until all ingredients are combined, since over mixing will give you a denser, heavier cake.

· Remember to use regular cream cheese. Substituting with low-fat or fat-free cream cheese may change the consistency of the frosting.

Recipe and photo used with permission from C&H® Sugar

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