Thursday, March 18, 2010

Chocolate Cake

Adopted from Joy of baking

Chocolate Cake


1 1/2 cups (195 grams) all purpose flour

1 cup (200 grams) granulated white sugar

1/4 cup (25 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch-processed), sifted

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup (75 grams) unsalted butter, melted

1 cup (240 ml) warm water

1 tablespoon lemon juice (or vinegar)

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Chocolate Frosting:
6 ounces (170 grams) semi-sweet chocolate, chopped

3/4 cup (180 ml) heavy cream (35% butterfat)

1 tablespoon unsalted butter, room temperature

Chocolate Cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C) and place rack in center of oven.

In an ungreased 8 inch (20 cm) square cake pan, stir together the flour, sugar, sifted cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Add the melted butter, water, lemon juice, and vanilla extract. With a fork, mix all the ingredients together until well blended.

Bake in preheated oven for about 35 minutes, or until the cake springs back when lightly pressed and a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool.

Place the chopped chocolate in a medium sized stainless steel bowl. Heat the cream and butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring just to a boil. Immediately pour the boiling cream over the chocolate and allow to stand for 5 minutes. Stir until smooth. Let the ganache sit at room temperature until slightly firm (about one hour) and then beat the ganache until creamy smooth and light. With an offset spatula or knife spread the ganache over the cooled cake.

Serves 8 - 10 people.

My Touch:
Coconut Cream:
1. Take about 1/2 cup heavy cream, add 1 tbsp Icing Sugar, 2 tbspn Coconut powder OR coconut shavings....beat until creamy in fridge and pour over cooled cake (first layer) place second layer on top and cover with ganache.

Lessons Learnt:
1. Let the cake cool down before removing it from pan..else itl break!
2. Dunt cut the cake into layers like i tried to destoys the base.... if u want to make 2 layers bake 2 separate cakes!

Happy Baking!!


  1. just read yr recipe. seems good. excellent job. many congrats. i dont hv time to bake cakes but 1 thing i want to tell u. u can cut the cake with the help of a clean thread. place it around the cake, place it at the level where u need to cut. form a simple knot and just pull the thread both sides with stable hands.

  2. Which chocolate did you use for the frosting?

  3. thanku so much mami for the excellent tip...ill def try it next time i bake :)

    Hine ....i use the normal cooking chocolate for frosting

  4. hey Mehwish ... u dont kno me but im sure Nayab can introduce us :)... i tried out this frosting just yesterday and it was great ... everyone loved it ... Thankx for sharing

  5. thanku aisha for appreciating :) and i will def ask nayab to lemme kno who u are :)
    tc Happy Baking!


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