Monthly Archives: August 2017

Ultimate Chocolate Cake

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Chocolate cake. It’s one of those things that everyone has a favourite recipe of, often having passed within families for generations. Some like a pound-cake type denseness while others prefer airy chiffons. Many times it’s because people’s tastes are guided by their childhood smells and the memories those evoke. So if your grandmother baked your birthday cake every year, you’ll likely prefer very homey cake and frosting recipes.

I grew up on bakery bought baked items in India. There wasn’t much hominess about those but that’s what my preference is. I like lighter, fluffier bakes that don’t have an overpowering eggy smell or a closed structure. My go to chocolate cake recipe is great for this, but I’ve tweaked that recipe a bit more to come up with this.

If you’re like me, or really just like a cake-y cake that is moist without being dense, give this recipe a try. It’s a keeper I’ve arrived at after much experimentation, and I LOVE it. This recipe makes a tall-ish 8″ cake or two average 6″ ones.

You’ll need:

1c AP flour
1/3c cocoa powder
1/2tsp baking soda
1/8tsp baking powder
120g salted butter, softened
2/3c demarara sugar
1tsp vanilla essence or 2 drops vanilla bean paste
1 med egg + 1 med egg white
1/4c + 2tbsp milk

  • Sift the first 4 ingredients together and set aside. Grease 2 6″ pans and also set aside.
  • Cream softened butter for a minute then add sugar and cream until the mixture is light in colour and doubled in volume.
  • Add vanilla and eggs one at a time, beating between each addition.
  • Add flour mix and milk alternating with each other. Beat only until combined.
  • Pour batter into prepared tins and bake at 160C for about 17-20 mins.

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I frosted this cake with a cookie dough frosting by Amanda of Iambaker, with a few modifications (halving her recipe and reducing sugar), but I have to say I’m not a fan of raw flour in my icing. But then, I’m not a fan of cookie dough either. But the texture and consistency of this icing is quite on point (soft but pipes very well) and would be great for a cookie-dough lover like my son.

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