Hershey's Black Magic Cake. Supposedly the best chocolate cake ever.
After I decided to make the Black Magic Cake, I needed to come up with something for the frosting. A few days ago I saw a really awesome video tutorial by Sweetapolita about how to make a "watercolor" cake. It looked like something I could do, so I decided to give it a try. She used blue, green, and purple to give her cake a beachy look, but I went with three different shades of blue. I accidentally forgot to bring my turntable home, but it still turned out nicely. I do suggest using a turntable for this, though. It would have been much easier.
Out of all of the pictures we looked at, this one is by far my favorite. And in honor of Father's Day (even though it was yesterday) I want to share it with you.
|I took a picture of the picture with my phone, so that's why it's a little fuzzy. But still my favorite.|
If you know a chocoholic with a birthday coming up, or even if you don't, I highly suggest this cake.
BLACK MAGIC CAKE
Granny's Recipes 01
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 cup strong black coffee
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla
- First, make a pot of strong coffee.
- Spray or line three 8" cake pans and preheat oven to 350.
- In a medium bowl, combine the dry ingredients: flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Carefully whisk together.
- In another medium bowl, combine the wet ingredients: sugar, eggs, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla. Mix on medium speed until incorporated and smooth.
- I don't know why I included the sugar in the wet ingredients, but I see it written that way in recipes a lot. Unfortunately, there are no directions on my grandmother's recipe card, so I just prepared the batter the way I've made other cakes in the past.
- Then pour 1 cup of coffee. Add half of the coffee and half of the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Mix until combined.
- Add remainder of coffee and dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until combined.
- Pour the batter into the can pans and bake for 25 minutes, or until you can insert a toothpick and it comes out clean.
Whipped Vanilla Frosting
For the frosting, I used Sweetapolita's whipped vanilla frosting, which is what she uses in her watercolor cake tutorial. Also, if you're interested in the watercolor tutorial, you should really check it out. It's very informative and easy to follow. >>> Sweetapolita's Pastel Swirl Cake Tutorial
I think my parents get pretty stressed out when we have the whole family come over to our house, and maybe I'll understand that some day. But overall, I'd say this weekend was a success. Yes, there were some minor concerns, but there always are. I forgot some ingredients the first time I made the cake, the shocked look on my step grandmother's face when my grandfather unwrapped the electric razor we gave him, and my grandparents trying to back out of our drive way. But the cake was close to perfect the second time I made it, there was a receipt for the razor in the bottom of the gift bag, and my grandparents didn't take out our mailbox. (And seriously, I can't even back out of our driveway without getting in the grass. It's just shaped funky.)
I really hope my dad enjoys his Father's Day gifts: the new stereo for his car, the new little tv for his home office/guest bedroom, and the magical chocolate cake with pretty blue frosting. ;) He definitely deserves them!