Chocolate Layer Cake Recipe

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Chocolate Layer Cake Recipe

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

Pinch of salt

½ cup butter, softened

1 ½ cups sugar

4 egg yolks, well beaten

4 egg whites, beaten stiff, but not dry with ½ cup sugar

4 squares (1 ounce each) bitter chocolate, melted and cooled

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 ½ cups milk

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two, 8-inch or 9-inch round layer cake pans.

Sift the flour with the baking powder and salt; set aside. Cream the butter and 1 ½ cups sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually add the 4 well-beaten egg yolks, stirring well after each addition. Add the melted chocolate, vanilla and the sifted flour mixture alternately with the milk. Beat until well blended. Fold the egg white-sugar mixture into the batter.

Pour into the prepared pans. Bake for about 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack and then turn out of the pans onto the racks to cool completely. Fill and frost as desired.

Source: “The Gourmet Cookbook”, Gourmet Distributing Corporation, 1956

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