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Triple Chocolate Cake with Homemade Chocolate Butter Cream Frosting

Is your mouth watering? It should be.

triple chocolate cake with homemade chocolate buttercream frosting

I turned a plain old cake mix and a few humble add-ins into a moist and decadent chocolate masterpiece for my dad's birthday. I felt like Jesus, feeding the masses with a couple of loaves. Well, except that this cake didn't feed the masses. It was so good that everyone wanted a second slice, and every crumb was gone before the sun set on my dad's birthday. So I guess it wasn't much like Jesus after all. You'll love it anyway.

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Triple Chocolate Cake with Homemade Chocolate Butter Cream Frosting
triple chocolate cake with homemade chocolate buttercream frosting
triple chocolate cake with homemade chocolate buttercream frosting
  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Whisk the cake mix and pudding together in a large bowl. I used my big stand mixer for this part, but you could do it by hand or with a handheld mixer if you are so inclined.
  3. Add sour cream, vegetable oil, eggs, and water. Mix well. It will be very stiff, like brownie batter.
  4. Stir in the chocolate chips and pecans to distribute throughout the batter.
  5. Pour the batter into a well-greased bundt pan. (I used butter-flavored cooking spray to make my pan well-greased. It's the easy way.)
  6. Bake for 55-60 minutes. (This cake is testy. I checked it at 50 minutes, and it was gelatinous, hardly set up at all. I put Allie to bed and came back at 60 minutes, and the edges were beginning to blacken and the top was slightly burned. Once the amazing frosting was on it, you couldn't taste the burned parts, but I knew they were there.)
  7. Cool the cake for a half hour or so in the pan, then invert onto a platter or pretty plate.
  8. FROSTING: Cream the butter. Slowly add the powdered sugar, cocoa, and vanilla. Add milk until the frosting is thin enough to spread easily. You may add more or less than 1/2 cup. Taste the frosting! Mine was a little too bitter, so I added extra powdered sugar and mixed it longer.
Recipe Notes

While the cake was cooling, I washed my stand mixer's bowl and whisk attachment. I needed them for the frosting. As above, you could do this by hand or with a hand mixer, but it will not be fun.

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This is the right amount of frosting for a bundt cake. If you decide to make your cake in another kind of pan, you may need to double the frosting. Or, if you want to eat this frosting on crackers for a bedtime snack, you will need to double the recipe. I didn't do that; Joe did. Okay, I ate some, too. The crackers were Ritz, and the salty-sweet combination was magnificent.

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