Spend an evening at home with your sweetie this Valentine's Day and make these meals that keep romance in mind.
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (natural or Dutch process)
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs, at room temperature
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1.You need to heat the oven to 350 degrees before the process. Coat two 9-inch-round cake pans with cooking spray and line the bottoms with parchment paper.
2.Whisk the cocoa powder and 1 1/2 cups boiling water in a medium bowl until smooth.; set aside.
3. Whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl until combined.
4. Add the eggs, vegetable oil, sour cream and vanilla and beat with a mixer on medium speed until smooth, about 1 minute.
5.Reduce the mixer speed to low; beat in the cocoa mixture in a steady stream until just combined, then finish mixing with a rubber spatula.
6.Divide the batter between the prepared pans and tap the pans against the counter to help the batter settle. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean, 30 to 40 minutes.
7.Transfer to racks and let cool 10 minutes, then run a knife around the edge of the pans and turn the cakes out onto the racks to cool completely. Remove the parchment. Trim the tops of the cakes with a long serrated knife to make them level, if desired.