Saturday, July 4, 2009

Birthday Staple: Buttermilk Chocolate Cake

My mom has been making this cake for us since we were little, so it's pretty much a birthday staple in our family. This cake is moist, chocolaty, and delicious.

J'adore: Mom's Buttermilk Chocolate Cake

3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup margarine (1 stick)
1 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
1 2/3 cups flour
2/3 cup cocoa
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda

1. Blend sugar, margarine, vanilla, and eggs in a food processor or mixer. Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.
2. Butter and flour a bundt pan. Tap out excess flour before pouring in batter.
3. Pour batter into floured bundt pan and bake at 350°F for 35 minutes or until a knife comes out clean.
4. Allow cake to cool completely before overturning bundt pan onto a cake plate. Ice and decorate as desired.

J'adore: Chocolate Icing

*These measurements are approximations; fine tune with taste testing.
1/2 stick margarine
3/4 cup confectioner's sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 tsp. vanilla
dash of buttermilk

Combine all ingredients in a food processor or mixer until icing is smooth. Taste test for desired sweetness.

*Note: I've added chocolate chips and blueberries to the cake batter before cooking. Serve with strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries on the side for extra color and flavor.

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