If you're the kind of person who loves light and airy cakes, but still with all that deep richness, this is for you! Plus, its a ONE BOWL cake with no fuss, and comes together so quick. Hello, weeknight chocolate craving. We got chu.
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups white sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp espresso powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup water
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 cup buttermilk
2 large eggs
1tsp pure vanilla extract
8 oz dark chocolate, chips or roughly chopped
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
8 oz cream cheese, softened
3 Tbsp milk, plus more
2 tsp vanilla extract
¼ tsp salt
1 cup cocoa powder
3 cups powdered sugar
In large mixing bowl combine flour, sugars, baking soda, espresso powder, and salt. Set aside.
In a medium saucepan melt butter. Whisk in cocoa powder and water, and bring to a boil. Allow to boil for 1 minutes, then remove from heat.
Add cocoa mixture to dry ingredients along with buttermilk. Whisk in eggs, and vanilla, mixing well until combined.
Pour batter into a greased half sheet pan (17inx12in) and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until center is cooked and toothpick comes out clean. Allow cake to cool completely before frosting.
For the Frosting:
In a microwave- safe bowl, microwave chocolate in 30 second intervals, stirring after each,. Transfer to a large mixing bowl, and using a hand mixer, mix chocolate, cream cheese, and butter. Add milk, vanilla extract, and salt. Slowly add cocoa powder, mixing on low. Add powdered sugar in slow increments. Stir in a tsp of milk to thin, if needed. Continue to whisk frosting until a smooth, spreadable frosting is obtained.