Root Beer Chocolate Cake With Chocolate Butter
3/4 cup shortening
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup dutch-processed cocoa
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 12-ounce can root beer, not sugar-free
3/4 cup butter
about 5 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk
2 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Additional milk as required
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and dust
with flour a 13 x 9-inch baking pan.
1. Cream the shortening and sugar together. Add
the eggs one at a time, beating well after each.
Beat for five or six minutes so that the mixture is light and fluffy. Add the vanilla.
2. In another bowl, mix the flour, cocoa, salt and soda together.
3. In three or four additions, add the dry ingredients and the liquids to the creamed mixture alternately starting and ending with the dry ingredients. (Each time that we made this, we added the buttermilk first then one half of the soda and finally, the rest of the soda.) Mix only until smooth.
4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until the cake tests done with a toothpick. Cool completely before frosting with the frosting of your choice.
Chocolate Butter Frosting
We used this frosting for our Root Beer Chocolate Cake. It’s a simple frosting that works well on any cake.
Cream the butter.
Add half the powdered sugar and two tablespoons milk.
Gradually add the remaining powdered sugar, beating as you go.
Add the vanilla and melted chocolate.
Add more milk as required to reach a spreadable consistency.
When making a cake such as this, you are
mixing oil (shortening) and water (soda pop and
buttermilk)—which don’t mix. The egg yolks act
as an emulsifier, a bonding agent between the oil and water molecules and the flour absorbs much of the water. That is why you start with the flour addition—so that the water doesn’t overload the fat mixture before the flour is there to start absorbing water. It’s also why you add the liquids in stages between the flour additions.
Pairs Well With
This interesting cake has just a touch of root beer flavor but it comes out light and moist. Be sure to use root beer with sugar in it, not sugar-free.