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Triple Chocolate Cake

I am about to reveal the recipe for one of my most secret cakes. This cakes is requested all the time the birthday parties and special occasions. Sometimes I make it as a layer cake with a rich chocolate buttercream, other times I serve it piping hot with a scoop of ice cream. Today, I have a birthday party for my younger cousin so it was time to decorate for a 9 year old. Love this cake!

1 3/4 Cups All Purpose Flour
2 Cups Sugar
1 Cup Cocoa Powder
2 teaspoons Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Salt
1 Cup Buttermilk
1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
1 teaspoon Vanilla
2 Large Eggs, Lightly Beaten
1 Cup Hot Coffee
1/2 Cup Instant Chocolate Pudding Mix
1/2 Cup Chocolate Chips (dusted with flour)

1. In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, salt, cocoa powder, baking soda and baking powder.
2. In a large measuring cup, combine buttermilk, oil, vanilla and eggs.
3. With the mixer on low, slowly add the buttermilk mixture to the flour.
4. Slowly stream the hot coffee into the mixer. Scrape down the sides and bottom.
5. Carefully stir the pudding mix and chocolate chips into the batter.
6. Pour the batter into a baking pan that has been lined with parchment paper and then greased and floured. 
(I used a 9x13 for this cake because I was making it for a birthday cake. However, you can also make 2 9-inch round cakes for a delicious layer cake.)
7. Bake at 325 degrees for 50 minutes or until completely set in the middle.
8. Remove from the oven and cool in the pan for 10 minutes. 
9. Carefully turn the cake out onto a cooling rack and allow to sit until completely cooled.
10. Cover with a chocolate glaze, buttercream icing, or just a scoop of ice cream. Enjoy!


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