One-Bowl Chocolate Rose Cake (For Two)

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One-Bowl Chocolate Cake (For Two)

When I think of “romance tips,” I think of those taglines on the front of womens’ magazines. I remember being like twelve always reading them and being curious what it meant to use your tongue in such and such way and what “surprising him” really meant. I sort of can’t believe I was sort of allowed to read those magazines at that age and not allowed to watch rated R movies but whatever.

As an adult, I can now say the one thing you should do to infuse romance into your relationship is not any of those things (I mean, I’m sure they work) but the real thing is to laugh. And a lot. Not like just a chuckle here and there but like really laugh. Laugh so hard tears are rolling down your face. And talk about everything and anything all the time, which most likely will lead to more laughing. And nothing is more funny and more unexpected than pantsing your bf/gf when they least expect it.

One-Bowl Chocolate Cake (For Two)

One-Bowl Chocolate Cake (For Two)

One-Bowl Chocolate Cake (For Two)

I do this to Josh regularly when he’s making coffee in the morning and he always gets “mad” and screams curse words and says I’m annoying but I know deep down starting the day on an absurd note is great. (Or at least I think it is.)

Another sure fire thing to do is eat cake. Especially rich, decadent chocolate cake. This cake is intended for two people but if I’m being honest, it’s a little much for two people to finish all of it in one sitting. It’ll definitely result in cake for breakfast. Never a bad thing.

One-Bowl Chocolate Cake (For Two)

One-Bowl Chocolate Cake (For Two)

One-Bowl Chocolate Cake (For Two)

One-Bowl Chocolate Cake (For Two)

One-Bowl Chocolate Cake (For Two)

One-Bowl Chocolate Cake (For Two)

One-Bowl Chocolate Cake (For Two)

These roses look more complicated than they are, but the only thing you’ll really need is a closed star tip. You just start in the center and go around in a circle. The first time I did this was a few weeks ago. To practice, you can do it on a sheet of parchment and then simply add the frosting bag to the piping bag.

If you need some visual video help, I love Cupcake Gemma on Youtube. This video she shows you how to do all sorts of designs, including a heart. SUPER EASY!

This is a naked cake so really minimal effort minus the whole roses on the top.

And everything chocolate is always made a million times better with a little sprinkling of salt.

Happy Valentine’s/Pantsing Day!

One-Bowl Chocolate Cake (For Two)

One-Bowl Chocolate Cake (For Two)

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 1 (6-inch) layer cake

One-Bowl Chocolate Cake (For Two)

Ingredients

    Cake:
  • 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cups white granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup dutch cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup, plus 1 tablespoon, buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup, plus 1 tablespoon, warm water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Frosting:
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 3 ounces dark chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cream or milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Flaked sea salt, for topping

Directions

  1. To make the cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour two 6-inch cake pans. This batter is sticky so I also lined the bottoms with parchment. I highly recommend this. You don’t want to bake the whole thing up and have it stick. Set the pans aside. See below for link as to how to bake cake layers flat. I do this every single time and it’s SO helpful.
  2. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand-up mixer (with the paddle attachment), add the all-purpose flour, sugar, cocoa powder, espresso powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Mix until combined. Next, crack in the egg, pour in the buttermilk, warm water, olive oil and vanilla. Mix until thoroughly combined and the batter is smooth, about 1 minute. The batter will be thinner than cake batter that you’re probably used to—that’s ok!
  3. Divide the cake batter amongst the two cake pans and transfer to the oven to bake for 27 to 30 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Clean out the bowl you used to make the cake and dry it thoroughly. While the cake is cooling, use it to make the frosting,
  4. To make the frosting: add all of the ingredients to the the cleaned large bowl or the bowl of the stand-up mixer (with the paddle attachment), add the butter, powdered sugar, melted chocolate, cream or milk and vanilla extract. Beat until thoroughly combined and fluffy, about 1 minute. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix one last time, just to ensure everything is combined.
  5. Decorating: Add a few tablespoons of frosting to the center of one of the rounds of cake. Smooth it around, until it reaches the edges. Add a pinch of salt all around. Place the second layer on top. Since I was going for a “naked cake” look, I added more frosting to the seam of the two cakes and smoothed it all around. Neat is not the goal! Add the remaining frosting to piping bag with a star tip attached. In the center of the top layer of cake, pipe out a rose by starting in the center and going all the way around twice. Complete the cake by adding smaller roses around the center rose. Don’t be shy to practice on a piece of parchment first and then simply add the frosting back to the piping bag—no waste!
  6. Top the cake with a sprinkling of flaked sea salt.

Notes

http://acozykitchen.com/one-bowl-chocolate-cake/

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حراج السيارات February 10, 2016 at 3:48 am
Adrianna Adarme February 10, 2016 at 10:44 am

Thanks!

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karin smith February 10, 2016 at 7:46 am

how would you adjust ingredients to make a standard 8-9″ layer cake?
looks & sounds delicious so would love to make for a family birthday
thank you!

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Adrianna Adarme February 10, 2016 at 10:46 am

I would recommend doubling it and baking it in 9-inch cake pans. It will overflow in 8-inch cake pans but 9-inch should be safe. OR you could keep the recipe as is and just have thin layers in 8-inch pans. :)

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Michelle @ Hummingbird High February 10, 2016 at 7:58 am

i love that you pants your partner on a regular basis. best relationship tip ever.

also this cake. xoxoxo

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Adrianna Adarme February 10, 2016 at 10:47 am

Hahaha I TRY! :)

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Michelle February 10, 2016 at 8:29 am

You are my hero. I love the balance. Pantsing and chocolate roses. My dream relationship!

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Adrianna Adarme February 10, 2016 at 10:47 am

Haha. It’s my dream relationship too. BALANCE!

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Madeline February 10, 2016 at 8:34 am

I love how simple it is to put together yet it looks really stunning and gorgeous! I need to get a rose tip now. Now I am in desperate need of chocolate cake, no thanks to you. : D

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Adrianna Adarme February 10, 2016 at 10:47 am

Ahh! I corrected myself above. It’s actually a closed star tip. Very standard tip. I linked to it on Amazon as well as including a video that might be helpful. Looks a lot more difficult than it actually is.

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Megan (Cozy Eats) February 10, 2016 at 9:28 am

This cake is beautiful! Also, love the new background color. :)

Your relationship tips are spot on. I have been with my boyfriend for over 6 year (yikes) and laughing is what gets us through everything. I will have to try the pantsing technique, although I think he might like it. Haha.

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Adrianna Adarme February 10, 2016 at 10:48 am

Haha. Thank you! It’s a new color I’m trying out!

And your last comment: hahaha. That’s awesome.

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Kari February 10, 2016 at 11:31 am

This looks so great with the salt on top!
Kari
http://www.sweetteasweetie.com

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Summer February 10, 2016 at 11:50 am

This cake would be perfect for supper tonight ♥

summerdaisy.net

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Cindy February 10, 2016 at 12:09 pm

Pantsing!! I do this too (while he’s brushing his teeth). Lololol. I love it. Those roses are on point!

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Ruthy February 10, 2016 at 12:10 pm

Hi – this looks fabulous!
In the recipe you say “See below for link as to how to bake cake layers flat” – have you provided the link? I can’t seem to find it… :(
Thanks!

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Adrianna Adarme February 10, 2016 at 12:36 pm

Ahh! Let me add the link to the post. For now, here it is:

http://acozykitchen.com/how-to-bake-flat-cake-layers/

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Ruthy February 10, 2016 at 1:48 pm

Thanks!

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Eden Passante February 10, 2016 at 12:12 pm

Love it! Super cute idea! The roses are perfect!

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Dana February 10, 2016 at 12:19 pm

This cake looks amazing! I am definitely going to make it to celebrate Valentine’s Day with my man. Is there a certain brand cake pan that you recommend??

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Adrianna Adarme February 10, 2016 at 12:35 pm

Yes, I have Wilton Cake Pans. Here they are:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00004S7YS/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00004S7YS&linkCode=as2&tag=acoki-20&linkId=N3NKSMSY7KGYNHYD

You can buy them from Amazon and Michael’s Craft Stores carries them, too! There’s not much of a price difference and if you download the Michael’s app, you can get a 40% coupon!

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Christy February 10, 2016 at 1:13 pm

And by saying “…you can do it on a sheet of parchment and then simply add the frosting bag to the piping bag…”, I’m sure you meant that I can just eat the practice roses until I have mastered this piping skill. WOOHOO!

This looks great and you have reassured us enough times that it is easy that I will actually try it. THANKS!

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Adrianna Adarme February 10, 2016 at 10:52 pm

Yes, I definitely mean that!

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Chrissy February 10, 2016 at 2:42 pm

I like the idea of pantsing day better than Valentine’s Day. Too cute, and this is tooooooo pretty!

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Emily @ Life on Food February 10, 2016 at 5:19 pm

This cake is beautiful! And the perfect way to celebrate your Love!

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Janice February 10, 2016 at 6:09 pm

All around the word, people are pantsing their loved one..all because of you! Hahaha

This cake is beautiful btw, I definitely need to try this recipe out!

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Adrianna Adarme February 10, 2016 at 10:52 pm

My greatest contribution to the world! Hahaha.

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Alana February 10, 2016 at 6:52 pm

AH HAHAHAHAHA. You made my day. I have totally been greeted with curse words and angry faces after pantsing Moses. It always makes my day, regardless of profanity and grouchiness. Also, this cake is simply beautiful. I’m so inspired to pipe roses on everything. I’m currently eating hummus and celery and that’s clearly not happening rn but I so wish it was.

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Adrianna Adarme February 10, 2016 at 10:51 pm

Hahaha…that’s awesome. And same. I ate a salad for dinner. :(

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Sophie February 10, 2016 at 8:31 pm

I’m so tempted to put chocolate roses on everything now, and maybe get my pantsing on… Glorious!

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Adrianna Adarme February 10, 2016 at 10:51 pm

DO IT x 2!

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Bekah February 10, 2016 at 9:36 pm

This is awesome! I went into target today and bought 6 inch cake pans, a set of 5! I can’t wait to make this cake and more! Why is salt so amazing on chocolate?! Salt and chocolate are the best things ever! Also I plan to try the pantsing idea out tomorrow!

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Adrianna Adarme February 10, 2016 at 10:50 pm

Oooo…that’s awesome! You make one very small tall cake! Tell me how the pantsing goes! Haha

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Helena February 10, 2016 at 11:15 pm

Lovely post, through and through. I couldn’t agree with you more about the power of laughter. Thank you for sharing!

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Alice February 11, 2016 at 1:35 am

I couldn’t agree more with your tips, laughing together is huge. And investing into a good waterproof mascara.

The cake looks delicious! I’d be tempted to just eat the roses first and then dig in, haha.

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Lily | Kale & Caramel February 11, 2016 at 7:56 am

I’m in love with this cake for two! And I’m fully on board with absurdity in all forms. Cuz if we’re not having fun, what the heck are we doing?

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Angela - Patisserie Makes Perfect February 12, 2016 at 1:50 am

What’s pantsing? This word hasn’t made it across the pond!

This cake looks fabulous and I love salt and chocolate!

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Adrianna Adarme February 19, 2016 at 10:05 pm

It’s when you pull someone’s pants down when they’re least expecting it!

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Lynn | The Road to Honey February 13, 2016 at 5:05 am

Cake for breakfast is never a bad proposition. . .especially when the cake is as divine as this beauty. As for the pantsing. . .well I’m pretty sure . . .no, no. . . I KNOW my hubby would like that way too much. He’s that kind of guy. 😉

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Trina and Tina February 13, 2016 at 5:37 am

Seriously drooling! And cake for breakfast is must, especially on Valentines’s Day! Thanks for sharing!

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Matea February 13, 2016 at 9:54 am

This cake looks so rich and chocolatey! Love it!

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Yas Mann February 13, 2016 at 11:12 pm

I love this! Also wondering where you got that cutlery from? Dying over the forks in these photos

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Adrianna Adarme February 19, 2016 at 10:06 pm

Oh! I got them from a little shop in Shoreditch, London. They’re enamel but I believe Anthropologie or CB2 might have something similar!

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Samantha February 15, 2016 at 7:32 am

Looks amazing!! :)

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Ali February 24, 2016 at 8:26 am

This looks amazing! I’m going to make it tomorrow. Do you think the icing is firm enough to use in piping bags to make other flowers?

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Adrianna Adarme February 24, 2016 at 8:35 am

Yes, it should work with other type of flowers too!

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Don August 31, 2016 at 4:42 pm

now I forget what brought me to this page, but the cake is beautiful and gave me the idea to use strawberry cream cheese buttercream frosting for my rose cake creation. I use a standard cream cheese frosting recipe but add strawberry CRUNCHIES, which have been pulverized to dust, into the mix for a terrific strawberry flavor and color. I also collect cake stands, so here’s a link where I shared my creation:
http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/202950-waffle–moss-agate-ware-atterbury-and?in=user

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