The Ultimate Chocolate Cake

I love chocolate cake.  It may be my all time favorite dessert, and I LOVE dessert.  I made many a cake until I was happy with this recipe.  It’s consistently moist and ultra chocolately (is that a word??).  Anyway, it’s a great cake and the reason rarely make cake from a box anymore.  It’s really not difficult at all, perhaps a little more time consuming but well worth it.  Try it and see if you don’t agree.

 The Ultimate Chocolate Cake

1 cup butter, plus extra to grease the pan

2 cups all purpose flour

2 cups sugar

1 ½ teaspoons baking soda

1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

½ cup buttermilk

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

 Lightly grease a 9×13 inch pan with butter.  Combine butter, cocoa, and 1 cup water in small saucepan and stirring over medium heat, turn it off as soon as it comes to a boil. Make sure all the cocoa is dissolved.  Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes.  Combine the flour, sugar, and baking soda in the bowl of a stand mixer (or large bowl if using a hand mixer).

Pour the cocoa mixture into the flour mixture, along with the buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla and beat for 3 minutes.  Pour into prepared pan and bake until firm and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, approximately 30-40 minutes.  Let cool on a rack for 10 minutes before turning out of pan onto the rack. Allow to cool completely before frosting. 

 

THE Chili

chili

2 pounds ground beef

1 pound breakfast sausage (in a large roll)

2 pounds bacon, cut into ½ inch pieces

1 onion, diced

¼ cup brown sugar

½ cup tequila

2 cloves garlic, minced

3 Tablespoons chili powder

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 Tablespoon cumin

1 Tablespoon seasoned salt

1 15 oz can tomato sauce

1 cup tomato paste

1 28 oz can kidney beans, drained and rinsed

2 cups water

In a large dutch oven or pot, brown bacon until almost crisp and remove.  Saute the onion in the grease until soft, then remove from pot. Drain all but a few tablespoons of the fat and brown the ground beef and sausage in the remaining bacon grease, breaking up as it cooks.  Sprinkle the brown sugar in and cook the meat over medium high until it’s very brown, almost caramelized; then add tequila and cook for 3-4 minutes, allowing alcohol to cook out.  Add onions and garlic back to pot along with the remaining ingredients, stirring well.  Bring to boil, reduce to simmer and cover.  Simmer for at least an hour if not two.  This is one dish that will taste even better the next day.

Top with sour cream, cheddar cheese, corn chips, chopped green onions, sliced jalapenos, or whatever else sounds good to you!

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