This is what the chocolate cake was supposed to look like:
And this is how it ended up because I was rushing like a mad woman:
The end result was a puffed up center that looks like my cake has a tumor and icing pouring down the sides, and over the plate. It still tasted fantastic, but there is a lesson here in rushing between steps. And I wouldn't be a good blogger if I didn't fess up to my mistakes. So I still want to share with you this rich, decadent chocolate cake recipe, but I would advise you to do as I say and not as I do in this situation.
What you'll need:
2/3 cup Butter, softened
1 3/4 cups Flour
1 3/4 cups Granulated Sugar
1 1/4 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1 1/4 cups Water
4 squares Baker's Unsweetened Chocolate, melted, cooled
1 tsp Vanilla
4 squares Baker's Unsweetened Chocolate, chopped
1/4 cup Butter
3 1/2 cups Icing Sugar
1/2 cup Milk
Lets get started on the cake first:
Beat all cake ingredients except eggs in large bowl with mixer 2 min. or until well blended. Add eggs; beat 2 min.
Bake at 350F for 35 to 40 min. or until toothpick inserted in centres comes out clean. Cool 10 min and remove to wire racks. Cool completely.
Meanwhile, its time to prepare the frosting...
And this is right about when I stopped paying attention, didn't let the layers cool and tried to ice the cake. The icing was spilling out between the layers, and over the edge of the plate in no time. And I didn't take the time to trim the cake and make it look like a perfect edge, because, well, to be honest, I just wanted to eat it NOW!