Monday, May 14, 2012

Chocolate Cake with Chocolate and Peanut Butter Frosting

Chocolate Cake
2 Cups Organic Sugar
1 Cup Coconut Oil 
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 Cups All Purpose Flour
1/2 Cup of Cocoa Powder
1 Cup buttermilk
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp sea salt
1 Cup boiling water
Blend the sugar and oil until creamy. Add vanilla and eggs and blend until smooth. Mix in the Cocoa Powder then add the flour, baking soda, and salt gradually while also adding the buttermilk gradually. Once mixed thoroughly, add the boiling water. Pour batter evenly into two 9 inch round baking pans. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30-35 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.

**You can use regular white sugar in place of organic, you can substitute any oil that you have on hand for the coconut oil. (I use coconut oil almost exclusively for baking ... and it is the best oil I have ever used in baking!)

Fluffy Chocolate Frosting
1 stick Organic Butter
2/3 Cup Cocoa Powder
3 Cups Powdered Sugar
2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
1/3 Cup Organic Milk
1/4 tsp sea salt

Cream together the butter and cocoa powder and vanilla extract, then gradually add the powdered sugar, salt, and milk until fluffy. 

Fluffy Peanut Butter Frosting
1 stick of Organic Butter
1 Cup of Natural Peanut Butter (no sugar added)
2 Cups Powdered Sugar
3 Tablespoons of Organic Milk

Place the butter and peanut butter in a stand mixer (or electric mixer), and cream until smooth. Gradually add the powdered sugar and once it gets thicker incorporate the milk 1 Tablespoon at a time until all the sugar is mixed in and the frosting is thick, fluffy. and spreadable. Beat for at least 3 minutes to get it fluffy. You can spread the frostings on the cake any way you like. I put a layer of peanut butter frosting on the first layer, chocolate on the 2nd layer, peanut butter on the 3rd layer, and chocolate on the top layer and all around it. You will end up with more chocolate frosting than peanut butter frosting using the recipe above. . . so keep that in mind when you begin frosting your cake!

I cut the 2 round cakes in half to get the 4 layers of cake. I think that the next time I do this, that I will change the recipe so that the cakes will be taller, therefore making the layer of cakes a little bigger. I am not a real big sweets eater. I don't crave sweet food for the most part ... but this cake was impossible to walk away from without stealing a bite!  If you ever make this cake ... please make a point to tell me how yours turns out!


  1. Oh my...I would love to make this someday and will definitely report back as to how it turns out! I haven't ever baked with coconut oil. Hard to find?

    1. Coconut Oil is very easy to find these days. You can even get it at WalMart. It is my number 1 oil of choice! I use it to pop popcorn, for pretty much all of my baking, and even my bread!

  2. I never would have thought to make the peanut butter frosting! I will have to try it the next time I make a chocolate cake (my recipe is pretty much the same as yours except I use butter instead of coconut oil). How does the coconut oil compare to butter? And do you melt it? I have coconut oil in the pantry so I may just use it the next time.
    Thanks Larissa!

    1. I do melt it - and I think that it gives a more moist texture to cakes and brownies. Whenever I use butter in my baking it seems like they just aren't as moist. I use to use butter ... but now I almost always use coconut oil. For vanilla cakes ... I tend to stick with butter, though. Maybe I ought to try to use coconut oil for the vanilla cakes too.

    2. I made it!! It was SOOOOOOO VERY YUMMY!!!! I agree that the coconut oil did seem to make it more moist. I've never thought that my recipe wasn't moist, but this did seem more so. The only thing was it didn't rise as much as my other recipe - wierd. Maybe it was because it was a rainy day when I made it? Who know.

      I just know this combination is a winner and I will be making it the next time I have an excuse (like company, fellowship meal, etc.)

    3. Yay! I am glad to hear it turned out so good for you!

      I agree that it doesn't seem to rise as much as I want it to ... that is why I was thinking about making a recipe and a half next time to make the ratio of cake to frosting a little better.