Two of our most basic God-given needs are met with this delectable recipe: chocolate and simplicity. Chocolate because, well, it's chocolate. Simplicity because we southern sisters would prefer to enjoy our chocolate cake without dirtying a large arsenal of bowls, pans and kitchen utensils. Try it today. It's not rocket science. It's easy chocolate science.
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup canola oil
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup hot water
Chocolate Buttercream Frosting (recipe below)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 13x9-inch baking pan.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the first 6 ingredients. Whisk in the eggs, oil and buttermilk. Add the hot water and whisk until combined. Transfer batter to the baking pan and bake 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool cake completely. Frost with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting and serve.
Chocolate Buttercream Frosting: In a large bowl, beat 1/2 cup softened butter until creamy. Beat in 2 cups confectioners' sugar, 1/4 cup cocoa powder, 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract, and 3-4 Tbsp. milk until desired consistency is achieved.