Chocolate Eggnog Layer Cake
3/4 cup cocoa plus about 3 tablespoons extra set aside for the pans
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs + 2 large egg yolks
4 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, melted and slightly cooled
1 cup strong brewed coffee, cooled
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup dairy eggnog
Sift together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
Preheat oven to 350°F and set oven rack at upper middle level. Lightly grease
two 9-inch springform pans. Dust pans with the extra cocoa and shake out excess.
Beat together sugar and oil. Add eggs and yolks, one at a time, beating well
after each addition. Beat in melted chocolate and coffee.
Add vanilla extract to eggnog. Beat flour mixture and eggnog mixture into
chocolate mixture a little bit at a time, alternating between the two until both
are completely incorporated. Scrape down sides of bowl and beat again, briefly.
Divide batter evenly between prepared pans and bake in the middle of the oven
for 30 to 35 minutes, or until cake springs back when lightly pressed in the
center. Cake will look almost black and very glossy.
Remove pans from oven and allow to cool on wire racks for 15 to 20 minutes.
Remove cake from pans and allow to cool completely before frosting.
Chocolate Eggnog Icing:
2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter, room temperature
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
2 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, melted and slightly cooled
3/4 cup dairy eggnog
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
Sift together the cocoa and confectioners’ sugar. DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP or you
will end up with lumps in the icing. Set aside.
Cream together all other ingredients. Add cocoa mixture a little at a time. Beat
on highest mixer setting for several minutes, pausing to scrape down sides of
bowl occasionally. Ice the cake and serve. Frosting is enough to generously
frost two 9-inch or 10-inch cake layers. Cake serves 12 to 16.