The Best Chocolate Cake

I made this cake for my grandpa’s birthday.

This is my grandpa, my mom’s dad. His birthday was October 22 or 23, depending on whether you choose to believe the state of Montana or his mother. He grew up on a farm in Montana, then ended up marrying my grandma, had 5 kids, and ran a music store in Eugene, Oregon.

I never got to meet him, because he died suddenly of a heart attack when my mom was 25. He wasn’t alive to see my mom get married or meet any of his eight grandchildren.

When he was still alive, he always had chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and chocolate ice cream on his birthday. My mom has kept that tradition going and makes a chocolate cake for his birthday every year. This year, she used this recipe, and it really is the best.

This is the first year I’ve made a cake for him. Since I had Ellie, family has become a lot more important to me, and now more than ever I wish that I’d gotten to meet him.

(from My Baking Addiction)

makes 1 9″ 2-layer cake (I halved the recipe to make 1 6″ 2-layer cake)

2 cups sugar
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup + 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup strong black coffee
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease 2 9″ pans and line the bottoms with parchment.

Whisk all the dry ingredients together in the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the eggs, buttermilk, coffee, oil, and vanilla, and mix on medium for two minutes.

Pour the batter into the cake pans and bake for about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Cool in the pans for about 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Frost with your favorite chocolate frosting.

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