Birthday? Anniversary? Going-away party? This super-easy, one-bowl layer cake is the perfect dessert for any gathering of chocolate buffs.
• Yield Makes one 8-inch double-layer cake
• Unsalted butter, softened, for pans
• 3/4 cup unsweetened Dutch cocoa powder, plus more for pans
• 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
• 1 1/2 cups sugar
• 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
• 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
• 3/4 teaspoon salt
• 2 large eggs
• 3/4 cup low-fat buttermilk
• 3/4 cup warm water
• 3 tablespoons safflower oil
• 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
• Chocolate Frosting
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1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter two 8-inch round cake pans (2 inches deep); dust with cocoa. Sift cocoa, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into the bowl of a mixer.
Beat on low speed until just combined. Raise speed to medium, and add eggs, buttermilk, water, oil, and
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Makes 3-4 cups
• 4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
• 1/4 cup light-brown sugar
• 1 1/4 teaspoons coarse salt • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread oats on a rimmed baking sheet; bake until lightly toasted but not browned, about 15 minutes. Let cool. Pulse in a food processor until coarsely chopped. Mix in 1 cup of a combination of add-ins, if desired (try toasted almonds, dried apricots, and/or flaxseeds), and stir in sugar, salt, and cinnamon, or more to taste, before storing in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
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Makes 4 cups
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