|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
While most chocolate cakes start by beating butter and sugar together, this is a saucepan cake. It starts by melting butter with chocolate and water in a saucepan. That makes the cake moister, and also enhances the chocolate flavor of the cake. It also means this cake is easier to make!
The frosting for the cake is also a saucepan frosting, which is simpler than a classic buttercream frosting. Pour the frosting onto the cake while they are both warm. That will create a fudgy layer underneath the frosting that is simply delectable.
You can add more cinnamon to this cake if you'd like. Increase it up to 2 teaspoons; in the cake, and up to 1/2 teaspoon in the frosting but don't go much higher than that.
- For the Cake
- 4 (1-ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 cup hot water
- 2 cups flour
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Pinch of salt
- 1/3 cup buttermilk
- 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 eggs (beaten)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- For the Frosting
- 2 (1-ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate
- 1/4 cup butter
- 8 tablespoons milk
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
For the Cake
Preheat the oven to 350 F.
Spray a 9 x 13-inch pan with nonstick baking spray containing flour and set aside.
In a large saucepan, melt 4 squares of chocolate and 1/2 cup of butter in the hot water and bring to a boil.
Remove from heat and add the flour, sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and salt. Mix well with a wire whisk or eggbeater.
Then stir in the buttermilk, baking soda, eggs, and 2 teaspoons vanilla and beat until smooth.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the top springs back when touched with a fingertip. The cake should pull away from the sides of the pan slightly.
For the Frosting
While the cake is baking, make the frosting. In a heavy saucepan, melt 2 squares of the chocolate and 1/4 cup butter together.
Add powdered sugar, milk, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1 teaspoon vanilla and beat well. You may need to add more milk or powdered sugar to reach the desired consistency: the frosting should be pourable and smooth, not stiff and spreadable.
To Assemble the Cake
When the cake comes out of the oven, let it cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes.
Then pour the frosting over. Spread if necessary, and let the cake cool.
Slice, serve, and enjoy!