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!
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.
Step 2: Ganache
Pour chocolate pieces into a bowl. Pour hot cream/ melted butter on top. Let sit for a minute or two, and then whisk by hand until the whole mixture is smooth and consistent. Let cool until thick and pourable, stirring every few minutes. Feel free to pop the bowl of ganache in the fridge for a couple minutes at a time to speed up this process.