Celia’s Chocolate Marshmallow Cake by A.L. Herbert

Chocolate Cake Ingredients
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
1 ¾ cups sugar
¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
½ cup whole milk
½ cup sour cream
1 stick of butter (1/2 cup)
3 eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup strong hot coffee

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Generously grease and lightly flour two 9-inch round cake pans.

Sift flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and cocoa into bowl. Mix on low speed until combined.

In another bowl, combine milk, sour cream, butter, eggs, and vanilla. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet until well combined.

With mixer still on low speed, add coffee and mix until well combined.

Pour batter into the prepared pans and bake for 25-35 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.

Cool in the pans for 30 minutes, then turn out onto rack and cool completely.

Marshmallow Icing Ingredients
4 sticks of butter, softened (2 cups)
2 cups powdered/ confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 jars marshmallow crème (14 ounces total)

Cream butter in a mixing bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until soft and fluffy.

Gradually beat in powdered sugar.

Beat in vanilla extract.

Add marshmallow crème until thoroughly incorporated.

Eight Servings


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