Ultimate Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

It's another birthday cake! This is for the individual who wants to be buried alive in chocolate. 


Cake (makes a 3-layer 9-inch cake)
2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups  firmly packed dark brown sugar
2/3 cup  granulated sugar
4 large eggs
2 cups buttermilk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/3 cups  cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
4 cups confectioners’ sugar (no need to sift)
2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 tablespoons half-and-half or whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat to 350 degrees. 
Spray pans with cooking spray, dust with flour, and line with parchment paper. 
Beat butter and sugars together until fluffy. 
Add in eggs 1 at a time.
Add in buttermilk and vanilla extract.
In separate bowl, mix flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder together, and salt. 
Slowly add dry to wet ingredients. 
Bake 20-25 minutes. 

For frosting:
Beat butter and confectioners' sugar together. 
Add in melted chocolate, milk, and vanilla extract slowly. 
For a thicker frosting, add in 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar.


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