Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Chocolate Cake

This Cake recipe has been my go to recipe for chocolate cakes ever since I started baking. It is dense and moist and gives that substantial heaviness when you need that small dessert to hit the spot.
The rich chocolate taste also goes well with a whipped cream topping and berries too. But that does reduce the shelf life of the cake. So if you plan to serve it that way, make sure you have loads of guests or are at a potluck where it will get eaten in no time.
 I usually make the cake in two 8 or 9 inch pans, and use it for my chocoholic girl's birthdays. My son loves his vanilla cake with loads of icing, and that recipe, I will share some other time. The prep should take some 15 minutes and due to all that heaviness, the cake takes about 1 hr 20 mins. If you plan to ice, make sure you give it sufficient time to cool down.


3 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cocoa

 1 cup butter
1/2 cup shortening
3 cups sugar (powdered, if you use the Indian Raw sugar)
5 eggs
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup milk

1. Combine all dry ingredients and mix well.
2. In a big bowl, beat butter and shortening; add sugar and mix well. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition; beat in vanilla.
3. Add the dry mixture alternately with milk to creamed mixture. Bake chocolate pound cake in a greased 10-inch tube pan at 325° for 80 minutes, or in two 8 " pans for 55-60 minutes until  cake bounces back when touched lightly in the center with finger.
Its always better to use a toothpick instead, known in the culinary circles as the toothpick test, and insert at the dead center of the cake, and see if you have wet batter sticking to the toothpick. If wet, put it back in the oven and bake for another 10 minutes.

All iced up for my little Ms Chocoholic.

4. Let it cool completely once its baked. Then ice it or glaze it as per your choice. Store it, air tight in the refrigerator. It lasts up to 10 days there, if you can get by without gobbling it up.
Its a heavy cake, so make sure you cut it into smaller than usual servings, to avoid wastage. It can fill you up pretty fast.

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