Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Easy chocolate cake

Chocolate cake is one of my favorites. Whenever I crave for that, I would buy a ready-made cake mix pack or hubby may buy me a piece of this moist delicious chocolate cake from our nearby bakery. Also, Whenever I have to make a cake he will suddenly say that he WANTS a carrot cake, so I will be making carrot cakes often. On the other day I wanted to make some chocolate cake from scratch to share with our friends. I got the basic idea for my chocolate cake from this recipe. Thanks to the author I could figure out 'how to make a chocolate cake from scratch / without cake mix?' On that day I had Nestle drinking chocolate sachets only, but the recipe says to add cocoa powder. So I used what I had and the finish was excellent.
Very moist delicious chocolate cake

I love the way the cake came out spongy.

Plain vanilla cakes are Xav's favorite and I  made that too.

slight soaking made the chocolate cake incredibly moist and delicious.
All purpose flour - 1 3/4 cup
sugar - 2 cup
baking cocoa powder - 3/4 cup
baking soda - 1 1/2 tsp
baking powder - 1 1/2 tsp
salt - 1 tsp
egg - 2
milk - 1 cup
vegetable oil - 1/2 cup
vanilla extract - 2 tsp
boiling water - 1 cup

(I substituted baking cocoa with 2 sachet Nestle drinking chocolate powder + 1/4 cup chocolate chips + 2 tsp bru instant coffee powder. It tasted absolutely delicious)

Preheat oven to 350 deg F.
Grease and flour 2 pans of 9 inch size.
Sift flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, salt, (drinking cocoa, bru if any) together. Sift twice to get a fluffy porous cake. Put it in a big mixing bowl.

In a blender or mixie beat the milk, egg, sugar, vanilla, vegetable oil, (chocolate chips if any)  for a minute. Add it to the dry ingredients in the big mixing bowl.  Mix well.
Bring 1 cup water to boil. Pour in to the mixing bowl. Mix well.
Pour in to baking pans and bake for 40 - 45 mins. My cake came out by 42 minutes.
Let cool completely before slicing.
Chocolate cake is ready!

This recipe will make 2 cakes of 9x9 inch squares or two 9 inch round cakes or one 9 x13 cake.
Before baking, we may notice the cake batter to be very thin and runny. But the cake will come out perfect. Believe me:)

Serving suggestions:
I didn't do icing for this cake. (But any chocolate based icing will be perfect).
Instead I did the soaking. I pierced the top of cake. Then I made a simple sugar syrup with 1/2 cup brown sugar + 1/2 cup water and coated the top of the cake with this syrup. This plain cake tasted amazingly moist and delicious. That is the secret behind most of the moist cakes:)
Some people cover the top with chocolate syrup and it will be more delicious too.
Some pieces can be saved in freezer and used to make trifle.