I am finally ready to give out my secret chocolate cake recipe. I have been asked for this recipe so many times and did not give it out in the event I wanted to make this cake to sell. But that option has kind of faded for me. But this recipe gives you the best, most delicious and extremely moist chocolate cake. I have tried quite a few recipes and tweaked a lot of them but this one “takes the cake” – pun intended.
So here goes…
For the Cake batter you are going to need
2 cups sugar
1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
¾ cup unsweetened Cocoa ( my choice is always the Roma Cocoa)
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
½ cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water
Let’s get to mixing those ingredients … but before that go ahead and grease two 8 or 9-inch round baking pans.
In a large bowl combine sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla. Beat on medium speed of mixer for 2 minutes (but this can also be done by hand where a mixer is not available). Stir in boiling water – definitely do this by hand in order to avoid spilling the batter with a mixer as it will thin out once the boiling water is added. Pour batter into prepared pans.
Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick or knife inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans and place on board for frosting.
For the frosting you are going to need (and this can be made while the cakes are in the oven)
½ cup butter
2/3 unsweetened cocoa powder
3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla essence
Now let’s whip them into shape
Melt the butter and stir in the cocoa powder. Alternately add the powdered sugar and milk, beating with each addition to obtain spreading consistency.
Add small amount additional milk, if needed. Stir in vanilla essence and voila!!
Now I like frosting between the layers while the cakes are still warm so that the frosting melts into a nice ganache between each layer, giving it that melted chocolate goodness with every bite.
Whenever I make this my little ones go through it so quickly because it tastes so good. I, on the other hand, love savoring a slice with a glass of wine nearby and a book in hand- utter bliss.
Let me know if you try this recipe and how it turns out for you. And are there any of your favourite recipes you want to share? Let us know in the comments section below.
Until Next Time Lovies