Ina Garten has lots of delicious dessert recipes, but she praises one of her cakes, calling it “the most fabulous chocolate cake I have ever made”. Find out how to do the Barefoot Countess the star’s decadent cake recipe that includes a secret ingredient that enhances the dessert.
Ina Garten makes a decadent double-layered chocolate cake
When Garten’s recipe for his Double Layer Chocolate Cake appeared in Food & Wine in 2007, she called it “the most fabulous chocolate cake I have ever made”. Garten explained why the cake is so successful. “It’s so easy and so wet and light,” she told the magazine. “There’s buttermilk and a cup of coffee in the batter!” The frosting is just buttercream and a little coffee.
When she demonstrated how to make the cake, also known as her famous Beatty’s chocolate cake recipe, in an episode of Barefoot Countess, she shared the origins of the dessert.
She was baking the cake for her friends’ birthdays and explained how the recipe would be well known to her friend Michael Grimm, since it came from her grandmother.
“The pressure is strong,” she explained. “It must be okay because Michael knows exactly what it is. He actually served me this cake once at dinner and I just begged him for the recipe.
“I didn’t have to beg very hard,” she added.
Garten started by sifting the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into the mixer bowl. “So the cake method is to sift all the dry ingredients together, and then I’m going to slowly mix the wet ingredients in it. “
She then combined the wet ingredients, starting by shaking the buttermilk before adding it to a measuring cup with vegetable oil, eggs and vanilla. Garten added the wet ingredients to the dry mixture while the blender was running on low speed.
“And then, I have a secret ingredient,” Garten teased. “Or I should say Michael’s grandmother had a secret ingredient.” She added a cup of hot coffee to the mix. “And I still think coffee is really important for chocolate”, Barefoot Countess star noted. “It gives it a really chocolatey taste – and that’s exactly what it does.”
She poured the cake batter into two 8-inch cake pans lined with parchment paper, butter, and flour and baked them in a 350-degree-Fahrenheit oven for 35 to 40 minutes.
Ina Garten covered the cake with easy chocolate frosting
Garten garnished the cake with what she called “the most delicious buttercream you’ve ever seen”.
The Barefoot Countess star made the frosting by chopping semi-sweet chocolate and melting it in a bowl placed over simmering water. She added butter to a blender and beat it before adding egg yolk, vanilla extract, icing sugar, and instant coffee granules which she mixed with hot water. Garten whipped the ingredients together before adding the chocolate.
Garten shared that chocolate needs to be cooled before adding it to the blender. “You don’t want to pour hot chocolate into butter, otherwise everything will melt,” she advised.
The Barefoot Countess star shared her technique for frosting a cake, placing frosting between the layers, then covering the cake with frosting and spreading it gently on the sides. Rather than making the sides perfectly smooth, she ran her staggered spatula up and down to create a swirl pattern and repeated the swirl on top.
“The good news about an old-fashioned cake is that it’s supposed to be a bit messy,” she said.
Garten’s chocolate cake received rave reviews – the full recipe is available on the Food Network website.
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