Chocolate Fudge Cake (fred Peters)
Lt brown sugar
+ 1 c milk
Milk Chocolate Frosting: 1 lb milk chocolate 1/2 lb semisweet or
extra-bittersweet chocolate 3/4 lb softened butter
Fudge Cake: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter two 9-inch round
cake pans and line them with buttered and floured parchment paper or
Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, breaking up
any lumps of sugar.
In a sm bowl, whisk 1/2 c milk with the eggs and vanilla; set aside.
Chop the chocolate into coarse bits and melt in a double boiler set
over hot (not boiling) water. Combine 1 c milk and butter with the
mixed dry ingredients and beat for 1 1/2 minutes, scraping the sides
of the bowl twice. Add the egg mixture in 3 parts, scraping the sides
of the bowl and beating for 20 seconds after each addition. Add the
melted chocolate and beat until just incorporated.
Pour the batter into pans and bake in the center of the oven until
the cake springs back when lightly pressed in the center, 25 to 30
minutes. Cool the cakes in their pans for 10 minutes and invert onto
racks. Cool completely before frosting.
Frosting: Chop both chocolates into coarse bits and melt in a double
boiler set over hot (not boiling) water. Stir occasionally until
completely melted. Remove pan from hot water and allow the chocolate
to cool until just no longer warm to the touch, about 20 minutes.
Place the butter in a bowl and beat in the cooled chocolate until the
mixture is evenly blended, about 3 minutes.
Frosting can be stored at a cool temperature for up to 3 days, or
several months in the freezer.
Frost the top surface of one layer of cake and top with the second
layer. Spread the remaining frosting on the top and sides of the
cake. Make a decorative pattern zigzag in the frosting by pulling a
serrated knife across the surface in a back-and-forth motion. Use a
sm spatula or spoon handle to pull out spikes of frosting all around
Cake can be completed a day ahead and refrigerated.
Serve at room temperature.
Makes one 9-inch cake
The Best of Cooks Magazine, 1987
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