Chocolate Buttermilk Cake

My niece Becca is keen on learning all manner of new and exciting things and last week she came for a bit of cake decorating practice.  I baked this cake.  It’s a decent-tasting chocolate cake and took well to the rigors of technique practice.  We had a fun but tiring afternoon.  It turned out to be her birthday cake.  (If you decorate your own cake, you get to do whatever you want!)

Never Fail Chocolate Cake

1/3  cup cocoa with hot water to make 1 cup

2 ¼ cups flour

1 cup white sugar

2 tsp baking powder

¾ tsp baking soda

pinch of salt

2 eggs

1/2  cup canola oil

1 1/4 cup buttermilk

2 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Prepare the cocoa mixture and set aside to cool slightly.  Butter and flour two 8” layer cake pans. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  In another bowl, mix together eggs, oil, milk, vanilla and cooled cocoa mixture.  Make a well in the dry ingredients and add in the wet mixture, gently stirring and folding to mix well.  Divide batter between layer pans, bake for about 30 minutes.

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