Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake
with Cocoa Frosting (Bon Appetit, late 1990's)
3 cups flour 2 cups cold water
2 cups sugar 1 cup vegetable oil
½ cup cocoa powder 1 tablespoon vanilla
2 teaspoon baking soda 1 ½ cups chocolate chips
1 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour three 9-inch cake pans. Sift dry ingredients together into medium bowl. Combine water, oil and vanilla in large bowl. Whisk in dry ingredients. Divide batter between pans. Sprinkle ½ cup chocolate chips over batter in each pan. Bake 25 minutes, or until tester comes out clean. Cool cakes in pans on racks for 15 minutes. Turn cakes out of pans and cool completely.
½ cup butter, room temperature
5 cups icing sugar
8 tablespoons (approx) cold milk
1 ¼ teaspoon vanilla
¾ cup cocoa powder
Beat butter until fluffy. Gradually beat in 3 cups sugar. Beat in 6 tablespoons milk, and vanilla. Add cocoa and remaining sugar. Beat until well blended, thinning with milk if necessary.
Place one cake layer, chip side up, on platter. Spread with approx. 2/3 cup frosting. Repeat with second layer and another 2/3 cup of frosting. Top with remaining layer, chip side down. Frost sides and top of cake.