Julia Childs Rich Chocolate Cake Recipe


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare two 9 by 1-1/2 inch round cake pans with butter. Line the bottoms of the pans with parchment or wax paper.

In a heatproof bowl or double boiler, combine the water and chocolate. Place the bowl over a pan of hot (but not boiling) water. Stir until chocolate is melted. Set aside until chocolate is slightly cooled, then whisk in eggs.

In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the butter and brown sugar at medium speed until it is light and fluffy.

Beat in the chocolate mixture to the butter and sugar. Occasionally scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula so that the mixer is well combined.

In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

Beat half of the dry mixture into the butter and sugar. Then beat in the sour cream. Finish by beating in the rest of the dry ingredients.

Spoon the batter into the prepared pans and smooth with a spatula.

Bake the cakes in middle of the oven for 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Remove the cakes from the oven and cool for 5 minutes on a cooling rack. Invert the pans and peel off the parchment paper. Allow cake to cool completely before frosting.

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