This chocolate cake is light, spongey, and perfectly moist-- and very easy to make, too! I tried it out for a birthday celebration for two of my friends, and will definitely make it again soon.
Inspired by bakerella.com's "Just a Cake" recipe (http://www.bakerella.com/just-a-cake/)
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2/3 cup natural unsweetened cocoa
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla
3/4 cup milk
2/3 cup hot water
1 1/2 cups butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
6 cups powdered sugar
4-8 Tablespoons milk
3/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup butter
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels
Step 1: Chocolate cake!
First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and make sure to have an oven rack situated just about in the middle of the oven.
Butter or Pam the bottom and sides of two 9-inch cake pans. Dust the pans with cocoa powder.
Sift your dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
Add eggs, oil, milk, and vanilla, and beat until combined.
Scrape down the sides of the bowl, add hot water, and mix again to combine. The batter will be very liquid-y.
Pour into prepared pans and bake for about 25-30 minutes, until cake is set and toothpick inserted into cake comes out clean.
Cool for about five minutes in the pans, transfer to wire racks to cool completely, and then transfer cakes to freezer to make the frosting process easier.