Beatty's Chocolate Cake

Instructions: Butter, for greasing the pan 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pan 2 cups sugar 3/4 cups good cocoa powder

2 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1 cup buttermilk, shaken 1/2 cup vegetable oil

2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee Chocolate Buttercream Frosting, recipe follow

Chocolate Frosting: 6 ounces good semisweet chocolate (recommended: Callebaut) 1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature 1 extra-large egg yolk, at room temperature

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 1/4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar 1 tablespoon instant coffee powder

DIRECTIONDS: 1. Preheat oven, prep pans, and sift dry ingredients. Combine wet ingredients slowly. Add coffee for a rich flavor. 2. Bake until a tester comes out clean. Cool cakes, then frost with luxurious chocolate frosting.

3. Frosting: Melt chocolate, beat butter until fluffy, then add sugar, egg yolk, and vanilla. 4. Dissolve coffee powder and mix with chocolate for a deep, indulgent flavor. 5. Spread frosting generously on the cooled cake layers, ensuring an even coating.

6. Layer cakes and frost generously for a decadent treat fit for any occasion. 7. Enjoy the rich, moist texture and intense chocolate flavor of this classic cake recipe.