Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Basic Chocolate Cake Recipe

Baking Cake is very easy, when you know, how the cake batter should be in consistency, before putting into oven for baking. and the next very important point is to measure and add the ingredients as in the recipe. If you follow these simple two tricks, you can master the Cake Making in couple of trials. Chocolate Cake should be moist, it should have red velvetty texture-that comes as a chemical reaction, when the cocoa powder mixes with the sour thing like vinegar or lime juice or Buttermilk.


Basic Chocolate Cake

My Son was asking me to bake a cake for him from last month. as me and my son had cough, i postponed it and finally baked the cake last Sunday. We enjoyed the cake much with frosting, which i prepared with dark chocolate. Chocolate Cake with Dark Chocolate Frosting was so excellent. I need not tell, as you may also agree when you look at the above picture.


Chocolate Cake Slice with strawberries



While Googling for a Good Chocolate Cake, i came across a term / ingredient Cake Flour. Iam very sure, if i have to search for it in Chennai, it will take atleast 2 months for me, and also its not 100%, that i could able find it. so the next search went as Substitute for Cake Flour. and there my baking teacher Site Joy of Baking, had a solution for it and it said, to mix Corn flour with all purpose flour / Maida in 3:10 ratio. i added One cup of all purpose flour and 2 tbsp's + 1/4 tsp of Corn Flour and used as Cake Flour.

                                                            
                                                                  Basic Chocolate Cake

Ingredients:

    Chocolate Cake Slice with strawberries
  • All Purpose Flour / Maida - 2 Cup's
  • Corn Flour - 2 tbsp's + 1/4 tsp
  • Baking Powder - 1tsp  + 1/2 tsp
  • Baking Soda - 1 tsp + 1/2 tsp
  • Cocoa Powder - 1/2 Cup
  • White Sugar - 1 cup
  • Light Brown Sugar - 1 cup
  • Egg 's - 2
  • Butter - 1/2 Cup
  • Buttermilk - 1 Cup
  • Hot Water - 1/4 cup
  • Vanilla Essence - 1 tsp

Method:

Mix All purpose flour and corn flour together and Sieve the flours with baking powder and soda for two times and mix cocoa powder to it and keep aside. Powder a cup of White Sugar and keep aside. Measure a cup of Light Brown Sugar and Keep aside.

Have a large glass bowl or aluminium vessel to beat and mix all the ingredients. First Beat the Butter at room temperature for a minute. i used my hand whisk, so i will be telling what i did. Then add powdered sugar to the Butter and beat it for another 2 to 3 minute's. add Light Brown Sugar and Beat it further. it becomes hard at this point and so i just mixed the brown sugar to butter sugar mix. Now Break in a Egg and beat well. Break in another egg to the mix and beat well. add vanilla essence and beat well.

Now the trick on recipe comes. add little Flour mix to the bowl and mix with a wooden spatula or wooden spoon. add little buttermilk and mix, alternatively keep adding the flour and buttermilk and keep mixing till the flour mix is over. Finally add Hot water little by little to the Cake Mix and mix slowly and evenly. see to that no lumps are formed. See to that the Cake Mix consistency is Light, Creamy and Very Fluffy. (Remember, this is what i mentioned above in the very First Line, the consistency of Cake mix is important, also the exact measurements of the ingredients).

Grease a Pan with little butter for baking the Cake. Pre-Heat the Oven at 175C / 350F for 10 minutes. Pour the Cake mix to the Greased Pan and Bake the Cake for about 45 mins to 50 minutes, till a toothpick inserted to the center of the cake comes out clean.

After Baking the Cake, remove it from the Oven and let it cool down for 10-15 mins and then you can slice or do frosting.




My Chocolate Cake After Baking:


Chocolate Cake Cooling



Recipe for Dark Chocolate Frosting


Ingredients:

Dark Chocolate - 1/4 cup
Butter - 1 tbsp
Milk - 1/4 cup
Powdered White Sugar - 1/4 cup

Method:

Melt the Butter and Dark Chocolate in a Pan in very slow flame. add milk and keep stirring. add sugar and keep stirring. The frosting starts thickening after 3-4 minutes and you can remove the pan from flame, when the frosting starts thickening with bubbles.

Apply the frosting over the Cake. and Serve a slice with a scoop of  vanilla ice-cream for a Perfect Treat:)

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