delish dessert: chocolate cake with cream cheese icing


Chocolate cake with cream cheese icing is my favorite cake.  I made one over the weekend for a friends birthday and let me tell you, it was divine!  I added a tiny bit of coffee to this version and it added a new layer of flavor. 

Chocolate Cake:

2 cups cake flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 3/4 cups granulated sugar

1/2 cup unsalted butter, very soft

1/3 cup olive oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup milk

1/2 cup brewed, cooled coffee

4 large eggs

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Prepare two 9" round cake pans with flour and butter or spray with a non-stick spray.

In a large bowl, sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cocoa and sugar.  

In another bowl, add butter and mix for 1 minute.  Add oil and mix for 30 seconds.  Add eggs, one at a time. After each eggs addition, beat mixture for 30 seconds.   

In a measuring cup, combine milk, coffee and vanilla.  

Add a cup of flour mixture to butter/egg mixture.  Mix for 30 seconds.  Add a 1/3 cup of the liquids (milk/coffee/vanilla). Alternate adding flour mixture and liquid mixture to the butter/eggs until all ingredients are incorporated. Once all ingredients are mixed, divide batter between the two 9" round cake pans.

Bake for 28-30 minutes.  The cake is done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Cool on a rack before frosting.

Cream Cheese Icing

2 8 ounce packages of cream cheese, room temperature

1/2 cup butter (1 stick), room temperature

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 cup milk

Beat cream cheese and butter in large bowl until smooth. Add powdered sugar and vanilla and milk; beat until smooth.

Place cake layer, bottom side up, on a platter.  Spread with 1 1/2 cup frosting.  Top with second cake layer, bottom side down.  Spread remaining frosting smoothly over tops and sides.  Enjoy!

chocolate cake recipe adapted from back of King Arthur flour box.  Cream cheese icing adapted from


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