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Deep Dark Chocolate Layer Cake

Deep Dark Chocolate Layer Cake Photo: Andrew McCaul; Stylist: Alistair Turnbull/Pat Bates & Associates

Ingredients

  • Cake:
  • Cooking spray
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup sifted natural unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups brewed coffee, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup canola oil
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Frosting:
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preparation


1. Place a rack in middle of oven; preheat to 350°. Coat 2 (9- x 1 1/2 -inch) round cake pans with cooking spray. Cover bottoms of pans with parchment paper. Coat parchment with cooking spray; set aside.

2. To make cake: Combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl, whisking well. In a separate medium bowl, combine coffee, oil, egg whites, vinegar, and vanilla, whisking well. Combine coffee mixture and flour mixture, whisking until smooth. Divide batter evenly between the two prepared pans; tap pans on a work surface to break air pockets.

3. Bake until a wooden toothpick inserted in centers of cakes comes out clean (30-35 minutes). Cool in pans on a wire rack for 20 minutes. Run a knife around outside edges of cakes; invert cakes onto cooling rack. Remove parchment; cool completely on rack.

4. To make frosting: Place egg whites, sugar, cream of tartar, and salt in a large deep heatproof bowl set over about 1 1/2 inches of simmering water; beat with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until peaks form when beaters are lifted (about 7 minutes). Remove bowl from saucepan; continue beating until frosting is cool (about 3 minutes). Beat in vanilla.

5. Carefully place 1 cake layer on a plate. Using a spatula, spread a layer of frosting over top of cake; top with remaining cake. Spread remaining frosting over top and sides of entire cake.


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  • Yield: Makes 16 servings (serving size: 1 slice)

Nutritional Information

Calories per serving: 352
Fat per serving: 10g
Saturated fat per serving: 1g
Monounsaturated fat per serving: 4g
Polyunsaturated fat per serving: 4g
Protein per serving: 4g
Carbohydrate per serving: 64g
Fiber per serving: 2g
Cholesterol per serving: 0.0mg
Iron per serving: 2mg
Sodium per serving: 295mg
Calcium per serving: 10mg

Good to Know

Unsweetened cocoa powder, coffee, and egg whites lightens up this fluffy favorite.