Rustic Chocolate Cake

What You Need

For The Chocolate Cake
Cooking spray
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 TSP baking soda
3/4 TSP baking powder
3/4 TSP salt
2 large eggs
3/4 cup low fat, buttermilk
3/4 cup warm water
3 TBS olive oil
1 TSP vanilla extract

For The Icing 
1 cup heavy cream
12 oz. semi sweet chocolate, separated into 8 oz. and 4 oz.

For The Chocolate Cake
1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Spray two 8" round pans with cooking spray and dust with unsweetened cocoa powder. 
2. Sift the cocoa, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into the bowl of a mixer. Beat on low speed until combined.
3. Increase speed to medium. Add eggs, buttermilk, water, oil, and vanilla. Beat until smooth and completely combined, about 3 minutes. 
4. Divide the batter between pans and bake for 35 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool for 15 minutes and then take cake out of pans and transfer to wire racks to let cool completely. 

For The Icing
1. Heat up cream in microwave for about 2 minutes. Place 8 oz. of chocolate into a bowl and pour the warm cream on top. Mix until blended and then refrigerate for 30 minutes. 
2. Reserve 1 cup of chocolate mixture for later. 
3. With remaining chocolate, use a mixer to whip the chocolate on medium speed until medium peaks start to form, about 3 minutes. 

For Chocolate Topping And Curls
1. Heat the 1 cup of remaining chocolate mixture in microwave for about a minute or until fully melted. 
2. In a separate bowl, heat remaining 4 oz. of chocolate in microwave for about a minute. Spread a thin layer evenly on a baking sheet. Place in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes or until solid. 
3. Using a spatula or knife, scrape the chocolate away from you to form curls. Continue this until you have enough to top your cake.  

To Assemble The Cake
1. Cut each cooled cake in half so that you have 4 layers.
2. Place first layer of cake on desired serving surface. Spread icing over the top until completely covered. Complete with 3 remaining layers but leave the top of the cake un-iced. 
3. Pour heated chocolate over the cake. Use a spatula to spread the chocolate so that it falls over the edges and creates a dripping effect. 
4. Place chocolate curls on top of the cake. Enjoy!

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