Buttermilk Chocolate Cake, our first whole grain cake!

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I wanted to make this cake as the first, whole wheat cake in my quest to transition all of our baking over to whole wheat flour. With quick bread it has been easy, folks don't expect cake when they are eating a slice of bread. Even if the bread is sweet and delicious. But go ahead and call something cake, and all of a sudden people expect cake! 

I waited and waited and then thought, just do it! So I did. Guess what, my husband loves it. I had a small bite myself and it is very good (I would have had a full piece, but chocolate and I are not great friends right now.). I was happy to find this recipe because chocolate and my husband are very good friends! If I never baked another flavor except for chocolate, he would be a very happy man. 

So let's make a whole wheat chocolate cake...

Buttermilk Chocolate Cake, with Boiled Fudge Glaze, 100% whole grain.
Buttermilk Chocolate Cake with Boiled Fudge Glaze.

Buttermilk Chocolate Cake
adapted from: Urban Pantry
350-degree oven

1 1/2 c whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 c cocoa - press through a sieve to remove any lumps
1/2 t salt
1 t baking powder
1 t soda
1 c buttermilk
1 t vanilla
1/2 c butter
1 c sugar
2 large eggs

Combine flour, cocoa, salt, baking powder, and soda, whisk well, set aside.

Combine buttermilk and vanilla, set aside.

Cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy (about 5 minutes with a hand mixer, don't skim...)

Beat in eggs one at a time, beating well after each.

Add dry ingredients and 2/3 of the buttermilk, gently mix until smooth and creamy. Add remaining buttermilk, mix well, until smooth.

Pour into a prepared 9-inch cake pan, bake 35-40 minutes or until done in your oven.

Buttermilk Chocolate Cake, whole grain good!
Buttermilk Chocolate Cake.

Let cool.

Boiled Fudge Glaze
adapted from: cooks.com

2 T butter
2 T milk
1/2 c sugar
1/3 c chocolate chips
1/2 t vanilla

Bring butter, milk, and sugar to a simmer while stirring constantly. Let simmer about 1 minute. Remove from heat, stir in chocolate chips and vanilla. Continue stirring to melt the chocolate chip. Immediately pour over the top of the cake. Gently spread to the edges if desired.

Important: this glaze sets up quickly, you will leave spread marks is not careful.

Boiled Fudge Glaze.

Let cool completely, if desired.


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  1. Interesting recipe, and thank you for the step-by-step picture tut!

  2. My mouth won't stop watering this sounds so amazing!!! :)

    1. I was pleased how well this turned out, thanks for stopping by.

  3. With a plan to get eating healthier in the new year, this looks great!

  4. This does look yummy -- and I appreciate the whole wheat flour

    1. Our transition to whole grains is going well, and this cake was a hit.

  5. Now there is a cake I will be making, if cake is in the works. Sounds delicious! I'm attempting to cut down on sugar, and also on any flour that is not from organically grown wheat... i.e. most of the prepared stuff on grocery shelves.

    1. We have been using organic Spelt berries that I grind myself. I invested in a grain mill, and have been very happy with the success in baking with whole grains since then. Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.

  6. I have some whole wheat pastry flour on hand that I need to use up so maybe I'll try this recipe. I do like the addition of buttermilk. Sounds like it would be a moist cake.

    1. My husband has really enjoyed this cake, let me know if you try it. Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Hi Melynda,
    This will be a delicious Chocolate Cake, I love that Chocolate Glaze. Hope you have a very special week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday!
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  8. Hi Melynda,
    Your cake looks fabulous! Using whole grain sounds good! We could all use with a healthy bake such as this! Thank you for sharing with CC!

  9. Thank you for sharing a whole grain cake!!! The frosting looks and sounds fabulous as well!


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