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Simple chocolate cake? (Split from Carrot Cake thread)

LiRa92 Nov 5, 2007 09:15 PM

Do you know how to make chocolate cake instead? I need the recipe and please make it easy and simple.

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    AGM_Cape_Cod Nov 6, 2007 09:27 AM

    These are really easy.
    These are great one bowl cupcakes from Maida Heatter. I will paraphrase.

    4 ounces (4 squares) unsweetened chocolate
    ¼ pound (1 stick) sweet butter
    ½ cup sour cream
    1 ½ teaspoon baking soda
    2 cups granulated sugar
    ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
    ¼ teaspoon salt
    2 eggs (graded large or extra-large)
    2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
    1 cup boiling water

    1. Adjust rack to center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter two 9-inch round layer-cake pans and line them with baking-pan liner paper or wax paper cut to fit. Butter the paper and dust the inside of the pan with flour, invert and tap to shake out excess. Set the pans aside.
    2. Place the chocolate and butter in a bowl (the bowl should be large enough to accommodate the remaining ingredients) and microwave at medium power until melted. (It is best to do this gradually. I put it in on medium for 1 minute and then see how it is doing. The butter will melt first and then the chocolate. Be careful because chocolate burns very quickly. If there are a few lumps of chocolate, take the bowl out and stir it until melted.)
    3. When the chocolate is almost melted stir the sour cream and baking soda together in a small bowl (though large enough to accommodate the leavening effect of the baking soda- at least a 1 cup size bowl) and set aside.
    4. When the chocolate and butter are melted and cooled slightly add the sugar, vanilla and salt and with a large rubber spatula mix them together until combined. It will be granular.
    5. Then add the eggs one at a time, stirring until mixed after each addition.
    6. Mix half of the sour cream mixture and then half of the flour. Stir to combine and then add the remaining sour cream and flour.
    7. Gradually add the boiling water starting with a little to thin out the mixture. Then you can add more and stir to combine. It will be a thin batter.
    8. Pour half of the batter into each of the prepared pans.
    9. Bake for 25 to 28 minutes until the tops spring back lightly when gently pressed with a fingertip.
    10. Cool the layers in the pan for 10 minutes. Then with a small, sharp knife cut around each layer to release. Cover with a rack, invert, remove pan and paper lining, cover with another rack and invert again to cool right side up.
    (These layers might stick to the racks as they cool. After they have cooled for about 10 minutes on the racks, cover each layer with another rack, invert for a moment just to release, then replace right side up to finish cooling)

    Note-I make cupcakes with this recipe. It makes about 18 regular muffin pan cupcakes. Line the muffin pan with paper cups. I put the batter into a measuring cup and pour the batter into each cup about ¾ of the way up. They bake for about 18-20 minutes. Then I frost them with Cindi’s Ganache.

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    1. re: AGM_Cape_Cod
      LiRa92 Nov 6, 2007 08:01 PM

      Maida Heatter? Where do I can get it from?

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        AGM_Cape_Cod Nov 7, 2007 02:35 AM

        It is from the Maida Heatter Great Book of Chocolate Desserts and is called New Orleans Chocolate Layer Cake.

    2. Caroline1 Nov 6, 2007 02:29 PM

      LiRa, I don't know whether you can get all of the ingredients in Malaysia, but if you can this is a fairly easy (and really good) chocolate cake. Of course, it's a lot easier if you have an electric mixer to beat the egg whites. Anyway, here's the recipe:

      ........................................Chocolate Cake.....................................................

      .................................Preheat oven to 325F....................................................

      1 cup milk.............................................................................1 3/4 cup sugar
      4 squares unsweetened chocolate...........................................1 cup flour
      4 eggs, seperated..................................................................1 tsp baking powder
      .........................................................1 tsp vanilla

      Melt chocolate in heavy saucepan with milk and cool.

      Sift flour and baking soda onto a sheet of waxed paper. Reserve.

      Cream the sugar and egg yolks until sugar is dissolved. Add cooled choclate mix and siftef flour alternately. Add vanilla and mix.

      With immaculately clean beaters and bowl, beat room temperature egg whites until firm peak stage. Fold gently into chocolate mixture.

      Bake in 2 well buttered 8 inch round cake pans for 1 hour.

      Frost with your favorite icing.

      A few things you may or may not know. "Unsweetened chocolate" is also called baker's chocolate. :One square equals an ounce. And when you're baking cakes, if you "grease" the pan with unsalted butter you do not have to dust the pan with flour as you must with shortening or other fats. Just make sure you have every surface in the pans well buttered with no bare spots! And when whipping egg whites, you must be absolutely certain that no egg yolk is present, and that the beaters (or whisk) and bowl (and everything else the egg whites come in contact with) are absolutely clean and fat free or the egg whites won't get fluffy!

      Good luck, LiRa! I hope this cake turns out as well for you as it does for me. As cakes go, it's amazingly simple. And then there are always cake mixes... Add a bit of extra vanilla, an extra egg yolk and who knows it's a mix unless you tell them! '-)

      1. paulj Nov 6, 2007 03:05 PM

        It's hard to beat the egg-less crazy cake for simplicity

        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/38854...

        1. chowser Nov 7, 2007 08:07 AM

          Three very similar cake recipes that are all simple to do and are often recommended here:

          Black Magic Cake:
          http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Black-Magic-Cake/Detail.aspx

          Hershey's chocolate cake:
          http://www.hersheys.com/recipes/recipes/detail.asp?id=184

          Double chocolate layer cake at epicurious:
          http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

          My quick go-to cake is the black magic cake--I can get that in the oven in less than 10 minutes if I need.

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          1. re: chowser
            HungryRubia Nov 8, 2007 11:52 AM

            I enthusiastically endorse the Hershey's chocolate cake recipe. it is my go to recipe and I've wowed very picky snobby food people who were willing to bet their paychecks that they were eating high end chocolate.

          2. toodie jane Nov 8, 2007 10:50 AM

            here is a link to a chocolate cake recipe. It uses a large flat pan called a sheet pan. You could cut the recipe in half and use a good-sized shallow oven-proof dish instead.

            You might enjoy this food blog--the lady is very funny, at least to an american sense of humor. She includes LOTS of photos for making the recipe so it might be fun for you:

            http://thepioneerwomancooks.com/2007/...

            this cake is sometimes called "Texas Sheet Cake" It is a favorite to take to a "pot-luck" or communal dinner where everybody brings something to share.

            p.s.

            I think everybody here is genuinely interested in your desire to learn to cook. Please don't be shy about posting your results and asking questions. We're all in the same boat, just at different levels of cooking knowledge! We all have lots to learn from others.

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            1. re: toodie jane
              danhole Nov 8, 2007 11:41 AM

              I second the Texas Sheet Cake. Truly the best chocolate cake ever, IMO, and I don't really like cake!

              1. re: toodie jane
                Caroline1 Nov 8, 2007 02:54 PM

                The hell with the sheet cake! What an incredible photographer! What an incredible life! Who knew there was anyplace left on the planet that picture perfect? If you haven't already, go to her blogsite and look through her photographs. Exceptional talent. I'm a fan!

                1. re: Caroline1
                  toodie jane Nov 9, 2007 07:27 AM

                  yes, check out her Flicker photo stream for all her food photos.
                  she is such a kick in the pants.
                  I think she also channels Julia Child.--no b.s. when it comes to cooking!

                2. re: toodie jane
                  LiRa92 Nov 8, 2007 07:28 PM

                  Your Chocolate Sheet Cake is not just the best one.... But it's the best, best, best, best, best, best, best................ Chocolate Sheet cake I'd ever seen....

                  1. re: toodie jane
                    chocchipcookie Nov 9, 2007 07:37 AM

                    Oh thank you!! I was just looking for this Texas Sheet cake recipe in my folder of mess and decided to give Chow a try. You all are the best!! XOXO

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                    EllenMM Nov 9, 2007 07:58 AM

                    Here's a link from a while ago. I posted my Mom's recipe somewhere in the middle of it.
                    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/42907...

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