Happy Humpday! Last week I started my Basics of Cooking series with my Perfect Mashed Potatoes recipe, and this week I will be sharing my favourite chocolate buttercream recipe. While not an absolute basic, a good buttercream is an essential if you like to bake.
I'll share my chocolate cake hack with you - and you may certainly judge me! Sometimes when I am pressed for time or feeling lazy, I will use a large pre-made chocolate muffin mix, instead of a cake recipe. I find the muffin mixes to be super moist and quite dense, but not in a bad way. Coupled with with this chocolately coffee flavoured buttercream, it's a winner!
- 1 cup of butter, softened
- 1 cup cocoa powder
- 4 cups icing sugar
- 1 T black coffee
- 1 T milk
- 2 t vanilla essence
Sift the icing sugar and cocoa powder. Add the softened butter, vanilla essence and black coffee. Mix at a low speed, slowly adding the milk to obtain the consistency you like.
That's it! Super SIMPLE, and super effective. The coffee adds a dark dimension to the velvety chocolate flavour.
I crushed some almonds to decorate the cake, and the marzipan flavour from the almonds melding in with the chocolate and coffee was heavenly. MMMhhhmmmm!
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