Sue B’s Chocolate Cake gets its name from a lady who developed the recipe for another lady on the Fine Cooking forum. I guess that’s kind of confusing, especially since the source of the recipe is now Food.com. But that’s the history as I know it. And my daughter still loves this cake! We originally made it because it seemed easy and like a good blank canvas for decorating, and we both agree it was and still is a good choice. With so many cake recipes out there it can be stressful picking one.
Sue B’s Chocolate Cake is perfect for novice (or 8 year old) bakers since it doesn’t involve any creaming and can be made with a whisk and a spoon. And for a cake that’s basically just dumped and mixed together, it has a surprisingly light texture. Compared to the Chocolate Butter Cake from a few days ago, it’s lighter and less tight crumbed. Compared to Favorite Cocoa Layer Cake, it’s just lighter and less dense.
Sue B.'s Chocolate Cake
- 3/4 cup boiling water
- 3/4 cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder
- 1 cup buttermilk room temperature
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 4 large eggs room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups granulated sugar 14 oz
- 2 cups all purpose flour 9 oz
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
Chocolate Buttermilk Frosting
- 1 1/2 oz unsweetened chocolate
- 1 1/2 oz semisweet chocolate
- 12 tablespoons butter unsalted or salted
- 3 T. unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3/4 pound powdered sugar about 3 cups
- 4-5 T. buttermilk or regular milk plus more if needed — room temperature NOT cold
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Pinch or two of salt — if using salted butter omit
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour 2 9 inch round cake pans.
- Mix cocoa and boiling water together in a small bowl or large measuring cup; set aside.
- Mix buttermilk, oil, eggs and vanilla together in a large mixing bowl
- Mix sugar, flour, salt and baking soda together in a second mixing bowl.
- Mix dry ingredients into buttermilk/oil mixture and stir well with a heavy duty rubber scraper. Mix in cocoa mixture – ours was still very warm when we stirred it in. Stir until well mixed (though batter might have a few lumps). Don’t overbeat the flour.
- Pour batter into pans and bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. Let cool in pans for 10 minutes. Turn from pans and cool.
- Frosting: Melt both chocolates in microwave, double boiler or bowl set over barely simmering water; set aside to cool. Beat the butter until creamy. Make sure it’s not too cold or it might cause the chocolate to re-solidify. Stir in the cocoa power, about a cup of the powdered sugar, and the cooled melted chocolate. Scrape sides of bowl and beat well; add remaining powdered sugar, then add room temperature milk, vanilla and salt, beating and scraping until you get the consistency you like.