A deeply chocolaty old-fashioned chocolate cake with a creamy and velvety chocolate frosting. The perfect treat for any chocolate lover.
I've mentioned many times over about my occasional obsessions with all things chocolate. There will be times when I will not think about anything but chocolate. Moments when I leave the house on a mission to eat my weight in it.
It's like it consumes my brain to the point where I can think of nothing else. Think Walking Dead where I am a zombie, and Rick is a big bar of Lindt Intense Orange. The only difference being that I get my chocolate long before it first meets Glenn.
I hadn't had one of those moments in a long time until one day I knew I needed to have some chocolate cake in my life. It needed to be super chocolaty and it needed a lot of chocolate frosting. I am not a huge fan of frosting, but I can really go to town on chocolate frosting. In my opinion, it doesn't fall in the same category as other frostings.
So I woke up early one morning and decided to work on a chocolate cake. I was going to see if I could come up with my own thing, but then I remembered I recently bought a copy of The Perfect Cake by America's Test Kitchen. They had a recipe for an old-fashioned chocolate cake and the moment I saw, it I knew I needed to make it.
What drew me to this old-fashioned chocolate cake was that instead of going to the trend of super dense chocolate cake - which is definitely good and I'd never turn down a third or fourth slice of the stuff - it is airier, with a more tender crumb while still remaining moist. I also really loved the idea of creating a pudding-like mixture of chocolate to get you that concentrated chocolate flavor we look for in our cakes.
It's something different for when you don't want to feel like you are so weight down by cake. The lightness helps lighten those feelings of guilt for sneaking a small slice of cake every time you go into the kitchen.
I wanted to contrast the light chocolate cake with a velvety chocolate frosting that mimics the creaminess of the pudding mixture you make when you bake the cake. It is creamy enough to easily frost the cake, but stable enough to do some light piping if you so desired.
You can also easily substitute the chocolate for Nutella if you wanted. In fact, I highly suggest you do use Nutella instead at least once during the many time I know you will be making this old-fashioned chocolate cake.
Old-Fashioned Chocolate Cake