Judith Olney's Chocolate Buttermilk Cake
Thick sour cream
Instant coffee crystals
10x powdered sugar
I. THE CAKE:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 3 round, 9" cake pans.
Line bottoms with greased wax paper.
2. Sift together flour, 3/4 c cocoa, baking soda, baking powder
and cinnamon. Mix in buttermilk and coffee (dissolve coffee in an
equal amount of hot water first.)
3. Cream 1 1/2 c butter with the sugar until light and fluffy.
Add the eggs one at a time until thick. Beating on low speed, slowly
mix in buttermilk mixture. Beat 'til well blended. Bake about 35
minutes, or until a straw comes out clean.
4. Remove to racks to cool. After they are cooled, put in
'fridge'. After 1 hour in 'fridge', split each in half (see note at
bottom.) Wrap each layer in wax paper or plastic wrap, and freeze
immediately. II. SOUR CREAM FILLING:
1. Beat 3/4 c heavy cream, gradually adding 3/4 c 10x sugar until
2. Gently fold in 3/4 c sour cream. Set aside in 'fridge'
(covered.) III. CHOCOLATE SOUR CREAM FROSTING:
1. Melt remaining (1/2 c) butter. Add 1/2 c 10x sugar and
remaining (1/2 c) cocoa. Stir with a wire whisk over low heat until
2. Beat remaining (1 1/2 c) heavy cream; add remaining (1 1/2 c)
10x sugar until soft peaks form. Add cooled chocolate mixture; beat
until stiff. Fold in remaining (3/4 c) sour cream. IV. CONSTRUCTION:
1. Build layers from the bottom up as follows:
2. Cake, 1/3 the filling, cake, 2/3 c frosting.
3. Repeat above twice, for total of six layers.
4. Put remaining frosting on sides.
5. Chill two hours before serving.
Note: The cakes must be well-chilled before assembly, or they will
disintegrate under their own weight during assembly. If the cake
tops rose during baking, the layers will not stack well. You will
need to slice the excess off *after* chilling, but *before* splitting