Dark Chocolate Cake and Icing

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Dark Chocolate Cake & Icing
 
3 c. cake flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 c. good quality cocoa
2 1/2 c. strong coffee
1/2 c. butter, softened
1/3 c. vegetable oil
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 1/2 c. brown sugar
5 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour three 9-inch cake pans.
Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda & Salt.
Whisk coffee and cocoa together until smooth
Cream butter and oil for 1 minute.
Add both sugars; beat 10 minutes.
Add eggs; beat 5 m inutes
Add vanilla; blend well.
Alternately add coffee/cocoa mix and dry ingredients. Scrape the bowl often.
Divide into pans.
Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
Cool completely.
Icing
2 3/4 c. confectioners sugar
6 Tbsp. cocoa
6 Tbsp. butter, softened
5 Tbsp. evaporated milk
1 tsp. vanilla
Mix together confectioners sugar and cocoa.
Cream the butter; add the sugar/cocoa mix and the milk.
Blend in vanilla.
You may need to add a bit more milk to get the right consistency.
**I always double the icing recipe because I love the icing!