Chocolate Cake

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Day Two – Chocolate Cake

Need a rich and moist cake recipe? I’ve made this recipe a few times and I enjoy it each time. It’s really no big secret of a recipe. In fact, you may have seen it or made it yourself. I found the  recipe on the back of a box Cake Flour.

Yep, this recipe if from the back of a Swans Down Cake Flour box. I guess they wouldn’t post a bad recipe on the box, would they? I didn’t have sour cream that the recipe calls for, so I substituted whole milk in its place. You could also go the Greek Yogurt route as well.

Do you know the “trick” to getting your cakes out of a pan? Parchment paper and butter. Again, no big trick, just an extra step. I usually use “spray with flour” and that does pretty well. But if you want to make sure that the cake WILL release with ease, butter your pan, put down parchment paper, and butter it again.

Once the cake is done baking, leave it in the cake pan for 10 minutes before turning it out onto a cooling rack.

If the top is domed, you can cool it upside down to help with flattening it out. I also use a Wilton Cake Leveler to cut off the tops. And, here’s another tip, turn your cakes upside down on the cake pedestal.

In the photo above, the bottom cake is upside down and the top cake is sitting flat on top of it. When I’m ready to frost the cake, I’m going to cut the top off and flip the cake over. This achieves two goals; 1. A flat cake top and 2. Less crumbs in your crumb coating.

Try it the next time you frost a cake and let me know what you think!

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Chocolate Cake

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Serves: 2 9-inch round cakes

Rich and Moist Chocolate Cake is the perfect match for Peanut Butter
  • 3 oz unsweetened chocolate
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 2¼ cup light brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2¼ cup cake flour
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • ½ cup hot coffee
  1. Remove butter from fridge. Chop chocolate and place in a double boiler. Melt Chocolate and allow to cool for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 deg F. Prepare two 9 inch round cake pans with cooking spray with flour and parchment paper and set aside.
  3. Cream butter and add in brown sugar. Beat in mixer until smooth. Add one egg at a time until light and fluffy. Add cooled chocolate, vanilla, baking soda and salt. Alternate adding in the flour and cream and mix until just combined. Remove from mixer and hand stir in water and coffee.
  4. Pour into prepared pans and and bake for 30 minutes.
  5. Cool in pans for 10 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack. Leave them inverted to help flatten the cakes if they are domed.
  6. Once cakes are cool, wrap in plastic wrap and then place in fridge.

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  1. Uh uh… Mine just collapsed!,I followed the recipe to the t, but somehow it didn’t work for me.

    • Karyn Granrud Karyn Granrud says:

      It could be a few things. #1- Your oven temperature may be off. Try adding an oven thermometer to see what it reads. #2 – It may not have been cooked all the way. Test it with a toothpick. #3 – It was over beaten and there was too much air in the batter. The flour and milk should be mixed until just combined. Do not over stir. #4 – Opening the oven early in the baking cycle can cause major temperature fluctuations. Don’t open the door until the last 5 minutes of cooking. I’ve had many cakes collapse in the center. It’s a learning curve. If it is cooked all the way through, extra frosting will fill in the area or flip the cake over and frost the bottom. Good Luck on the next cake!

  2. I think u r right Karyn. I did open the oven halfway thru the certain that it caused my cake to collapse.well like u said I managed to cover up my flaw with choc ganache.
    N guess what! my folks enjoyed the sweet treat!I ll b careful next time though!
    Thanks for ur quick reply,u saved my day.n a big thanks for sharing this recipe!


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