If I knew You Were Coming…I’d Bake You a Cake!

fudgey chocolate cake with buttercream frosting.
Chocolate cake with salted caramel, marshmallow buttercream.

A no-fail, go to cake recipe is essential. Sometimes, you need something that is reliable, delicious and doesn’t require an extra trip (or trips) to the local supermarket or a rushed Amazon Prime delivery for a elusive ingredient. Here you have a beautiful, chocolaty cake that could be doubled as a layer cake, cut into squares or cooked in mini muffin or loaf pans. It’s sturdy, no fuss and plain delicious.

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If I knew You Were Coming...I'd Bake You a Cake!

Course Dessert


  • 3/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar 145 grams
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 25 grams
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk * see Notes for options. 175 ml
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 5 ml
  • 1/2 cup Dutch cocoa powder 41 grams, sift to remove lumps
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour 125 grams
  • 1 tablespoon of instant coffee optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon table or fine sea salt
  • Frosting
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate melted and cooled, 55 grams
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar 180 grams, sifted if lumpy
  • 1/2 ounces cup unsalted butter at room temperature, 4or 115 grams
  • Pinch of fine sea salt optional
  • 1 tablespoon of whippiing cream or half and half
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Keyword butter, chocolate cake, cocoa, easy dessert, frosting, reliable dessert
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