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Best Chocolate Cake Ever

This is a delicious fudgy, moist chocolate cake.  Perfect for a birthday or any other excuse for decadence.  (A Tuesday perhaps?)  

Chocolate Cake
-2 cups all-purpose flour
-2 cups sugar
-3/4 cup cocoa
-2 teaspoons baking powder
-1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
-1 teaspoon salt
-1 teaspoon espresso powder
-1 cup milk
-1/2 cup vegetable oil
-2 eggs
-2 teaspoons vanilla
-1 cup boiling water

Chocolate Frosting
-3 sticks (1 1/2 cups) butter, melted
-1 cup cocoa
-5 cups powdered sugar
-1/2 cup milk
-2 teaspoons vanilla
-1/2 teaspoon espresso powder



Preheat oven to 350 and prepare 2-9 inch round cake pans by greasing and flouring. For the cake whisk together (or use a stand mixer with the paddle attatchment) the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt and espresso powder.  Next add the milk, oil, eggs, and vanilla and combine well. Then slowly add the boiling water and beat on high for about 1 minute to add some air into the batter. Pour the batter evenly into the 2 prepared round cake pans and bake for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.  

For the frosting add cocoa to a large bowl and whisk to get out any lumps, then add in the melted butter.  Then alternate adding 1 cup powdered sugar and 1 tablespoon milk, mixing on high until well combined after each addition until all the powdered sugar and milk has been added. Add vanilla and espresso powder and combine well. If frosting appears too thick add milk, or if too thin add more sugar.  This cake can be frosted while it's still warm.
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