Capitol Grade Dark Chocolate Cake Recipe

Mar 13, 2012 4:01 pm

Our tribute is this recipe from The Hunger Games

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We hope you eat this cake under better circumstances than Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games.

The feast served during Katniss’s first night away from her family ends with a decadent chocolate cake. Amidst the depression of facing almost-certain death (not to mention Haymitch’s dispiriting drunkenness!), this sweet ending perhaps makes Katniss realize that things aren’t as bad as they may seem.

Servings: 8


For the cake
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups white sugar
1 cup fine-quality unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup coffee, cold-brewed
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
For the icing
2 cups butter, softened
9 cups confectioners' sugar
2 1/2 cups fine-quality unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup milk
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a 9" x 13" pan.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Make a well in the center and pour in the eggs, coffee, buttermilk and oil. Mix with a wooden spoon until smooth; batter will be thin. Pour into prepared pan.
  3. Bake for 35–40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan for 45 minutes.
  4. While cake cools, prepare the icing. In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment on medium speed or using a wooden spoon and lots of muscle, beat butter until smooth and creamy. Reduce speed to low and add confectioners’ sugar, cocoa, and vanilla, scraping down sides of the bowl with a spatula as you go. Add milk as needed until frosting reaches preferred spreading consistency. (For thicker frosting, add less than a cup of milk. To thin out your frosting, add more milk. The choice is yours!)
  5. Once cake has thoroughly cooled, spread icing over the top
Level of Difficulty: 
Prep Time: 
20 minutes
Cooking Time: 
1 hour
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