Supreme chocolate Cake

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Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Serves: 12-14 servings

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Ingredients

•3/4 cup butter, softened
•2 cups sugar
•4 eggs
•1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
•3/4 cup baking cocoa
•3/4 cup boiling water
•1 cup buttermilk
•2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
•1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
•1/2 teaspoon baking powder
•1/2 teaspoon salt

FROSTING:
•1 carton (8 ounces) whipped cream cheese
•1-1/4 cups confectioners' sugar, divided
•2 teaspoons vanilla extract
•1-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
•Maraschino cherries and fresh mint, optional

Method

•In a bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. beat in vanilla.
• In a bowl, whisk cocoa and water until smooth; stir in buttermilk. Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with cocoa mixture. Beat until smooth.
• Pour into three greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.
• For frosting, in a bowl, beat cream cheese until light. Add 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar; mix well. Add the vanilla, cream and remaining sugar; beat until frosting reaches desired consistency. Place one cooled cake layer on a serving plate; spread with a third of the frosting. Repeat layers twice. Garnish with maraschino cherries and mint if desired. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 12-14 servings.

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