Perfect Chocolate Cake Recipe with Ganche buttercream- rich, dense and delicious
My Chocolate cake is one of the most delicious, rich, dense, moists cakes you'll ever try and makes the perfect basic layered cake but it's also the PERFECT cake for carving and building 3D cakes as well!
Keyword best birthday cake, best chocolate cake, chocolate buttercream, chocolate cake, chocolate frosting
Prepare three 8 or 9 inch round cake pans (if doing 8 inch pans I suggest 3 inches tall pans, or four of the 2 inch tall 8 inch pans) I use parchment paper circles on the bottom and a non stick spray on the sides
Melt the baking chocolate in double broiler (or in a bowl over a simmering pot of water) then let it cool.
In a large bowl, or bowl of a mixer add the sugar, flour, soda and salt and whisk together.
In a separate bowl (or a large glass measuring cup) mix the boiling water and cocoa and let sit for a min (this lets the cocoa bloom and bring out a richer flavor)
Then add the sour cream and oil and whisk.
Add the wet mixture in a stream to the dry ingredients and mix until blended.
Add the lightly beaten eggs slowly while beating on low.
Add the cooled melted chocolate and mix until uniform in color.
Bake at 345 40-45 mins (raise the heat by 25 degrees and lower the time by 5 mins for high altitude)
Chocolate Ganache Buttercream
Place the chocolate into a large bowl
in a saucepan heat the cream - until just about to simmer
Pour it over the chocolate and let it sit for 5 mins - then stir
Let the ganache cool to room temp
Beat butter and add 1 C powdered sugar
beat in the corn syrup
add more powdered sugar 1/2 cup as a time until you achieve a thick buttercream
pour the ganache into the buttercream and beat.
Chill for 5-15 mins in the fridge, beat again, chill, beat, chill, beat - until your happy with the thickness