Thank You Chocolate Cake

August 14, 2012

My team at the office works really, really hard. We come in early; we stay late; and we even will work on weekends when needed. This is not easy and yet the team persists in being rockstars. In acknowledgment of all the sweat and tears, I made this “thank you” cake and brought it to a meeting as a surprise. It is inspired by a Trader Joe’s recipe and comes together really quick.

However, please note, this makes A LOT of batter. It could easily make a three-layer cake. I made a 9×13 for the office and still had enough extra to make a Bundt cake.  It would be good with just some powdered sugar on top, but I spread a thin layer of apricot preserves on top and then a whipped cream frosting sprinkled with toffee bit for an extra thank you treat.

You will need:

  • 3 1/3 c flour
  • 1 1/3 c unsweeted cocoa powder
  • 3 c sugar
  • 1 T baking soda
  • 1 t salt
  • 3 t ground cinnamon
  • 12 oz (3 sticks) butter or margarine, softened to room temperature
  • 3 c buttermilk
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 5 eggs

Then you will…

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour your cake pans (3 9-inch rounds etc.).
  2. In a very large mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients.
  3. Beat on high speed with an electric mixer for 4-5 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl at least once to ensure all the goodness gets mixed together.
  4. Pour into prepared pan(s).
  5. Bake for about 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. If making cupcakes, they will take closer to 20-25 minutes.

One comment

  1. This looks delicious! I may try this. I like to bake using fresh ingredients and will visit farmers markets for fresh eggs, milk, butter, and cream. I think I’ll try this recipe soon. You had my interest with the apricot preserves. On another note, I recently came across a suggestion to bake a cake inside an orange peel for a tasty treat. “http://lifehacker.com/5935606/bake-a-cake-inside-an-orange-peel-for-a-tasty-campfire-treat”. Have you ever done anything like this before?

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