Saturday, September 25, 2010

Childhood Chocolate Cake

I am on a quest to find the best chocolate cake recipe.  Over the next week or so, I'm going to try different chocolate cake recipes in order to find the best: one that is the perfect ratio of chocolate vs sweetness, one that is moist, and one that looks good too.  In order to find the best chocolate cake recipe among the many recipes that exist, I decided to go back to the beginning for me; a cake that comes from my childhood.  This chocolate cake recipe was given to me from my grandmother.  It has an amazing height (7cm high exactly), and includes the best chocolate icing I've tasted. We always use 3/4 cup sugar, but if you like things sweet, go for the whole 1 cup.  Another tradition surrounding this cake, is that it must be served with cream.  The only thing this cake doesn't deliver is a really moist texture.  So the search will continue...

Ingredients
1 3/4 self-raising flour
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup cocoa powder
3/4 cup - 1 cup caster sugar
110g butter
1 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 eggs (or 2 catering eggs)

Ingredients for Icing
11/2 cup icing sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 tbsp butter
2 tbsp milk

Method
Sift dry ingredients into a large bowl; add sugar.  Add melted butter gradually; mix well with wooden spoon.  Add milk and vanilla; beat on low speed until combined.  In a seperate bowl, beat together the eggs until they are lighter in colour and beginning to be foamy.  Gradually add these eggs to the main mixture; beating well after each addition on medium speed.  Put this mixture into a greased and lined round tin.  Bake in oven for 65 minutes on 170 degrees (fan-forced) or until cooked when tested.  To make icing, sift together icing sugar and cocoa.  Add butter and milk and beat until smooth.  Top cake with icing and sprinkles.  Serve with cream.

27 comments:

  1. Il a l'air très bon ton gâteau. J'adore!!! CAro B. xxx

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  2. This is so luscious looking. I am looking forward to all your chocolate cake recipes. I have one that is really delicious - it has rum in it,basic chocolate butter frosting, is a two-layer and a friend and I gobbled it up over a weekend.

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  3. http://sherrytrifle-lovelycats.blogspot.com/2008/08/sour-cream-fudge-layer-cake-with.html

    Oops, forgot to post the link! If it doesn't work (I have trouble with this kind of thing) then it's under Recipezaar 191214).

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  4. That looks really good. But I'm looking forward to seeing how this search goes. :D Enjoy eating all the rejects!

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  5. Great idea. I am looking forward to read the best test result. Everybody needs a great chocolate cake recipe in store.
    I would like to share two of my favorite with you:

    http://thecastlerockincook.blogspot.com/2010/03/chocolate-honey-dome-cake-with.html

    http://thecastlerockincook.blogspot.com/2010/03/chocolate-honey-tart-with-lavender.html

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  6. So rich, and dark...I love it! Thank you for sharing your Grandmother's recipe.

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  7. So luscious! My favorite chocolate cake recipe is Nigella Lawson's sour cream chocolate cake!

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  8. tout ce qui est chocolat c'est mon péché mignon ton gâteau a l'air délicieux bravo
    bonne soirée

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  9. Grandma's recipes are always the best! Your cake looks beautiful. :)

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  10. I love chocolate cake! but I don't have a very best recipe ~ so I'll be watching your posts to see which recipe you deem your best ever!
    ~Dianne~

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  11. We love chocolate cake. I have yet to find the "best chocolate", the ones I made are good but not the best! Looking forward to read your posts on chocolate cakes.

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  12. Brittany, Thank you so much for your nice comment about the chocolate honey dome torte. I hope you like it as well. I just made it again on Thursday. I decided that it needed a little bit more sugar for the filling. Just wanted to let you know. Also, if you only have a bigger pan that is fine, too. The cake won't dome but that really doesn't matter.

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  13. I have made chocolate cakes but do not have a favorite as I basically love every one I've ever eaten. I'm with Dianne who said that we'll follow your lead on "the best."
    Genie

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  14. I'm like you too..always looking for the best chocolate cake recipe!! If you do find the ONE, please let me know ok?

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  15. This is really moist and delicious. Continue to search for the best chocolate cake? I'm with you too..

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  16. A noble quest! I too have been on a search for the best, but it seems that things differ depending on what I'm serving it with. If I want it just as is with a simple frosting, I have one recipe, but if I want to build a tall towering wedding type cake, that recipe no longer holds up and I have to use a denser cake. I'm not quite at the end of my search either, but I wish you the best of luck. You'll certainly be very popular amongst your friends :D

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  17. It's taken me a while to admit it,but I really don't like "grown up" chocolate cake - I'd far rather have a sweeter choccy sponge with buttercream! This looks beautiful

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  18. But it looks and sounds moist. I actually have two for you. One is "old fashioned chocolate cake from epicurious ( my go to recipe for years) http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Old-Fashioned-Chocolate-Cake-with-Cocoa-Frosting-755. The other is this one from epicurious too-http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Chocolate-Cake-with-Caramel-Milk-Chocolate-Frosting-107944 (everyone loved this one but me).

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  19. Your grandmother's cake looks very chocolaty and soft (yum). One of my favorite go-to choc cake recipes since late last year is by Flo Braker. I have a link to the recipe on my blog in this post: http://hanaaskitchen.blogspot.com/2010/09/abc-all-american-chocolate-cake-with.html.

    If you don't have access to sour cream, I'd use full-fat plain yogurt. And if you don't have cake flour, use bleached all-purpose flour. Read my "final thoughts/tips" section on my minor changes to the recipe. Let me know how you like it, if you make it! Good luck!

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  20. Mamma mia,mi verrebbe voglia di mordere lo schermo!!!;-)
    Bravissima e tanti baci:-*

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  21. This reminds me of Sara Lee Chocolate cake! I used to buy it quite often when I still lived in 'Sydney. Your cake looks very yummy :)!

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  22. I am looking forward to following your research and maybe trying some of out. After all, we have to know just how good the cakes are and we can eat CHOCOLATE.

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  23. HI Brittany... ahh the search for the perfect chocolate cake. Once you have a good recipe... it is hard to go to another - I have my favorite... and my moms icing recipe to boot! yum ddidly dum dum!

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  24. don't even get me started on how enticing i find that moist, rich frosting! this cake simply can't be topped when it comes to decadent chocolate consumption!

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  25. This kind of cake is my Achilles heel. Wave a piece of it in front of me and I'll even take out the trash.. :D

    Since I was a kid, chocolate cake has been my most basic, favorite dessert for a celebration. Is it weird that I used to eat it with no icing?...Just a big cold glass of milk.

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  26. I can't wait to see what you pick as your favorite chocolate cake! It really difficult to choose just one.

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