Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Buttercream

Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Buttercream
Photo by Anna Williams


  • 4 cups vanilla buttercream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • + 8 more ingredients
    • 1 metal offset spatula
    • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • vanilla mini cupcakes
    • Various food colorings
    • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • several small sealable plastic bags (not pleated)

Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F. Butter 2 (9- by 2-inch) round cake pans and line bottom of each with a round of wax paper. Butter paper and dust pans with flour, knocking out excess. Whisk together hot water and cocoa powder in a bowl until smooth, then whisk in milk a...

View full recipe at Epicurious


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