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Basic Moist Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache

Basic and Moist Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache a flavorful and moist cake.
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  • 2 cups King Arthur Unbleached Cake Flour Blend
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 ¾ cups granulated sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter very soft
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup brewed cooled coffee, or water
  • 4 large eggs


  • Place a strainer over a large mixing bowl. Measure in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cocoa, and sugar. Sift/shake the dry ingredients through the strainer into a mixing bowl, to eliminate any lumps.
  • Add the butter and mix at low speed for 1 minutes. With the mixer running, add the oil and continue mixing until the mixture looks like sands.
  • Combine the vanilla with the milk and coffee or water, and add all at once. Mix 1 minutes at low speed, stop and scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl, then mix for 30 seconds.
  • Add the eggs one at a time, beating well at medium-high speed between additions. The batter will be thin.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan of you choice (one 9” x 13” pan, two 9” round pans, or three 8” round pans). Bake in preheated 350 degrees F oven for 34 minutes for a 9” x 13” pan; 28 to 30 minutes for 9” layers; or 24 to 26 minutes for 8” layers. The cake is done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and cool on a rack before frosting.
  • Yield: three 8” round, two 9” rounds, or a 9” x 13” sheet.
  • My add-ons: 1 tablespoon homemade vanilla extract, 1 – 2 tablespoons Rum Barbancourt or Coconut Rum (depending on how I feel), carnation milk instead of regular milk (3/4 cup carnation milk with ¼ cup water), organic sugar instead of regular sugar, sea salt or kosher salt instead of regular salt and 2 – 3 dashes of powdered ginger. I use water instead of coffee.
  • Chocolate Ganache is used to decorate the cake.


Butter must be very soft. Eggs must be at room temperature.


Serving: 1grams

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