Fudgy Pudgy Cake

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2-3/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • FILLING:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • GLAZE:
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • Chocolate curls, optional

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Directions

  • In a small bowl, combine cocoa and hot water until smooth; cool. In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk and cocoa mixture, beating well after each addition. Stir vanilla.
  • Pour into three greased and waxed paper-lined 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • In a small saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch. Gradually stir in milk until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Cool completely. In a small bowl, cream butter until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in cooled mixture.
  • Place one cake layer on a serving plate; spread with half of the filling. Repeat layers. Top with remaining cake.
  • For glaze, in a small saucepan, melt butter; stir in cocoa until smooth. Add milk. Bring to a boil. Remove from the heat. With an electric mixer, beat in confectioners’ sugar until blended. Cool for 15-20 minutes; spread over top of cake. Garnish with chocolate curls if desired. Store in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 649 calories, 29g fat (17g saturated fat), 119mg cholesterol, 659mg sodium, 96g carbohydrate (74g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.

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