A simple recipe for moist and tender chocolate cake combines classic ingredients such as flour, baking cocoa, butter and water. A recipe for Betty's chocolate cake is rich and moist, and it uses buttermilk and brewed coffee as major ingredients.
In a large bowl, combine 2 cups all-purpose flour, 2/3 cup baking cocoa with 1 teaspoon each baking powder and baking soda. In a separate bowl, beat 3/4 cup softened butter, 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar and 2 teaspoons vanilla until creamy. Gradually beat in 2 large eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Alternate beating the dry ingredients and 1 cup water into the butter mixture until well blended. Spread batter into two greased and floured cake pans.
Bake 25 to 30 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Betty's chocolate cake recipe requires greasing two parchment paper-lined cake pans with butter and sprinkling them with flour. In a bowl, sift together 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, 2 cups sugar and 3/4 cups quality baking cocoa powder with 2 teaspoons baking soda and 1 teaspoon each baking powder and kosher salt. In a separate bowl, beat 1 cup shaken buttermilk with 1/2 cup vegetable oil, 2 extra-large eggs warmed to room temperature and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Slowly beat flour mixture into the wet mixture, and then pour in 1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee, stirring to combine.
Spread batter into prepared cake pans, and bake for 35 to 40 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.