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The Best Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting

This cake is to die for! If you’re looking for a deep chocolate layered cake with a creamy chocolatey filling, then this is the cake for you! This recipe calls for brewed black coffee, don’t let that deter you! Even people who are not “coffee drinkers” can’t even tell there is coffee in the cake, it’s mainly for moisture and believe me, you want a moist chocolate cake šŸ™‚ Warning: you may not be able to control yourself and having it sit in your fridge can be a hazard to your waistline…. You’ve been warned! šŸ˜‰

Cake Ingredients:
* 3/4 cups cocoa powder
* 2 cups granulated sugar
* 1 3/4 cups cake flour (or you can use all-purpose if that’s what you have on hand)
* 2 tsp. baking soda
* 1 tsp. baking powder
* 1 tsp. kosher salt
* 2 eggs
* 1 cup buttermilk
* 1 cup strong black coffee
* 1/2 cup vegetable oil
* 2 tsp. vanilla extract

Frosting Ingredients:
* 1/2 cup shortening
* 1/2 cup salted butter, at room temperature
* 4 ounces softened cream cheese
* 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
* 3/4 cups cocoa powder
* 1 – 1 1/2 pounds confectioner’s sugar (powdered sugar)
* 3-4 tbsp. warm water

Cake Directions:
Preheat oven to 350F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans or one 13 x 9-inch baking dish. Set aside.
Combine the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in your mixer. Add eggs, buttermilk, coffee, oil, and vanilla. Beat on medium speed about 2 minutes; the batter will be thin. Pour batter into prepared pan(s).
Bake in your preheated oven for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.

Frosting Directions:
In the bowl of your stand mixer, add the butter, shortening, cream cheese, and vanilla. Cream until smooth, but don’t overbeat. Add in the cocoa powder and 1 pound of the confectioner’s sugar. Then, add in 1-2 tbsp. of water until the frosting easily mixes.
Continue adding confectioner’s sugar and/or water until your frosting reaches the desired consistency and sweetness. If you want a softer frosting; add more water and less sugar. If you want a frosting that is stiffer and will easily pipe; do less water and more sugar.

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