Extra Dark Chocolate Cake with Cookie Butter Buttercream
Recipe type: Dessert
Makes: 12 servings
This light and moist dark chocolate cake is the perfect pairing for the creamy cookie butter frosting. This is the perfect birthday cake or just because cake.
Chocolate Cake
  • 260g (~2 cups) all-purpose flour
  • 65g (~3/4 cup) good quality dark unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 10g (1¼ teaspoon) baking soda
  • 3g (1/2 teaspoon) salt
  • 170g (3/4 cup / 1½ sticks) unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
  • 375g (~1¾ cup) granulated sugar
  • 100g (2 large whole) eggs at room temperature
  • 5 milliliters (1 teaspoon) vanilla
  • 325 milliliters (1⅓ cups) brewed coffee
Cookie Butter Buttercream:
  • 75g (~1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon) egg whites
  • 32g (~3 tablespoons) granulated sugar
  • Additional 150g (~3/4 cup) granulated sugar
  • 50 milliliters (~3 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon) water
  • 227g (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 180g (~3/4 cup) Cookie Butter (or other speculoos of choice)
Make cake
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Grease and flour two 8 or 9-inch round pans and line bottoms with parchment paper
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; set aside
  4. In the large bowl of an electric mixer with paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar; add eggs and vanilla and beat one minute at medium speed
  5. Reduce speed of mixer to low and add ⅓ of the dry ingredients; add ½ of coffee and repeat
  6. Add remainder of dry ingredients and turn off mixer; make sure not to overbeat; if there are any lumps fold them in with a spatula
  7. Pour batter into prepared pans and bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from center of cakes
  8. Set cake layers aside to cool for 10 minutes then carefully remove each layer from pans; run a knife around the edge of each layer for easier removal; set aside to finish cooling and make buttercream
  9. When buttercream is ready, put a spoonful on center of cake plate (this will help hold cake in place)
  10. Place one layer down and if rounded, use a serrated knife to cut off very top of cake; frost that layer and top with second cake layer; frost with remaining buttercream
To make buttercream
  1. Wipe the bowl of an electric mixer, whisk attachment, whisk, spatula and candy thermometer with a paper towel and vinegar to clean (if any grease is on these items your meringue will not work)
  2. Place egg whites in large bowl with whisk attachment and mix on medium speed; gradually add the 1⅛ ounces sugar; keep mixer on
  3. In a medium heavy duty saucepan, combine water and remaining 5¼ ounces of sugar over medium-high heat and whisk together; whisk occasionally until temperature of syrup reaches 248 degrees Fahrenheit
  4. Meanwhile, egg whites should begin to form loose peaks; if this happens before syrup is hot enough, reduce mixer speed to low
  5. Once syrup is hot enough, reduce mixer speed to medium-low and slowly and slowly add syrup to the mixer
  6. Increase speed to medium-high and keep mixer on for 10-15 minutes or until it holds stiff peaks AND bowl has cooled to room temperature
  7. Reduce the speed to medium and add softened butter, a couple of tablespoons at a time, until fully combined; mixture should be smooth and creamy
  8. If there are any lumps, increase speed to high until frosting becomes smooth
  9. Add cookie butter and combine on medium speed until well incorporated and buttercream is light and creamy
  10. Use immediately or store in an airtight container in refrigerator and beat with the paddle attachment of an electric mixer before using
Keep cake in a cool dry place (best kept refrigerated during summer)
Best served within 3 days of baking
Cake slightly adapted from Hershey
Buttercream slightly adapted from the Bouchon Bakery Cookbook
Recipe by Keep It Sweet Desserts at http://www.keepitsweetdesserts.com/extra-dark-chocolate-cake-with-cookie-butter-buttercream/