December 31, 2012

Bestest Chocolate Cake ever!

This chocolate cake has probably got to be my favourite chocolate cake ever. There are no surprises, no special techniques or ingredients either. No bells no whistles to be seen. A chocolate cake with a difference. It is amazing without adding anything else to an already simple recipe. Sometimes you need a simple chocolate cake to hit the spot and this one does it time and time again.

Most ingredients can be found in your pantry already - it takes a few minutes to whip up and voila. A moist and light chocolate cake to satisfy your most wicked cravings.

All credit for this cake recipe goes to a lovely lady I once worked with in Canadia - Darlene - she made it, I now tweak it every once in a while (a bit of coffee or cardamon added) or a little frosting - Now I said it needs nothing added, no icing, no sprinkles no fondant no sparks - but if you are someone who likes bling or wants to spend a few minutes more in the kitchen I suggest adding a nice fluffy toffee frosting to add a little caramel to the table. mmmm mmmmm (link to recipe follows)

Ingredients  (use either cups or grams  - don't mix measurements!)

2cups      (450g)    white sugar (caster)
1/2cup     (165ml)  vegetable oil
2                            eggs
2tsp                       vanilla extract
2 2/3 cups (340g)  plain flour
2tsp                       baking powder
2tsp                       baking soda (bicarb soda)
1tsp                       salt
2/3c        (165g)    cocoa powder
2cups     (450ml)  boiling water

Pre heat oven to 325deg F (160deg C fan oven) 
Grease a 8 x 12" pan  

In a large mixing bowl beat the sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla together (for at least 4minutes).

In a separate bowl dissolve the cocoa in the boiling water mixing to ensure no lumps.

Then add the cocoa mixture to the beaten sugar and egg mixture and mix.

Sift in the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt into the mixture and fold together. It will be quite runny but all is good.

Bake in centre of oven for 35minutes or until skewer comes out clean when tested.
Do let cool before eating - at least a bit - it cuts beautifully and keeps nice and moist!

See - easy as that!

Sprinkle fresh ground green cardamon on top and add more to an orange flavoured buttercream..... Oh ya!
Or instead of 2c water add 1c water 1c coffee for a rich taste

NOW... although I said it doesn't need icing (which I really don't think it does..) I do love a little caramel on top. Here is a frosting recipe in case you are after a little extra bling!

*I have tried to make cupcakes from this recipe but they don't seem to work that great  - but if you do try and it works - let me know!!! :) 

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