My mom found this recipe over 40 years ago in a Southern Living magazine while waiting in a doctor's office. She tore the recipe out of the magazine and it quickly became my family's favorite dessert. She changed the name to "The Masterpiece" because no other name was fitting of such in incredible cake. My mom passed away in 1982 and we thought the recipe was lost forever until Southern Living reran the recipe. This cake is a cake to be reckend with. No other chocolate cake is in the running. The icing is the most time consuming part of the cake but believe me, it is worth it. When our oldest son was born, Mom had this cake waiting on him when we brought him home from the hospital. He is turning 35 on Friday and this cake will be part of his birthday celebration as it's a tradition.
Best Ever Chocolate Cake
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- 1 cup(s) cocoa
- 2 cup(s) boiling water
- 1 cup(s) butter
- 2 1/2 cup(s) sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1 1/2 teaspoon(s) vanilla
- 2 3/4 cup(s) all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoon(s) baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon(s) baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
- 1 cup(s) heavy whipping cream
- 1 teaspoon(s) vanilla
- 1/4 cup(s) powdered sugar
- 6 ounce(s) semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup(s) half-and-half
- 3/4 cup(s) butter
- Cake: Combine cocoa and boiling water until smooth. Cool
- Combine butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla. Beat on high for 5 minutes until light and fluffy. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Starting and ending with flour, alternately add flour mixture and cocoa water mixture to butter & sugar mixture, beating at low speed. Do not overbeat. Pour batter into 3 9" greased and floured cake pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Cool 10 minutes in pan, remove from pans and cool completely. FILLING Beat cream and vanilla until foamy; gradually add the powdered sugar and beat until stiff peaks form. Chill until ready to assemble the cake. FROSTING Combine chocolate chips, half & half, and butter in saucepan and heat until chips are melted. Remove from heat and add powdered sugar. Mix well. Set pan over ice water and beat until set and loses gloss. Add few drops of half & half if needed to thing. Use whipped cream between layers. Frost top and sides with frosting. Can add raspberries or sliced strawberries on top of cream.
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