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Ingredients
  • Cake
  • 2 cups (240g) King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 cups (397g) granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon (14g) vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon almond extract, optional, for enhanced flavor
  • 1 cup (227g) milk, (whole milk preferred)
  • 4 tablespoons (57g) butter, cut into pats
  • 1/3 cup (67g) vegetable oil
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  • Frosting
  • 1 1/4 cups (106g) natural cocoa powder*
  • 4 cups (454g) confectioners' sugar, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup (74g) water, hot
  • 1 tablespoon (14g) vanilla extract
  • 20 tablespoons (284g) butter, softened
  • *Substitute Dutch-process cocoa if you like; the frosting will have a more robust, bittersweet chocolate flavor.
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