When the craving for chocolate cake hits, it seems like nothing else will do.
The rich, silky taste of a good chocolate cake is bar none. The very thought of a dense richness of a dark chocolate cake topped with a light, succulent ganache frosting or a tender molten lava cake that cracks perfectly under your fork to reveal the warm, oozing centre of dark sweet chocolate surrounded by a gooey interior could make anyone hungry.
So how disappointing is it when you buy or bake up a chocolate cake only to have it turn out dry and flavourless?
Don’t fear! We’ve collected 5 chocolate cake recipes that are guaranteed to be great to make at your home.
5The Chocolate Cake
This is the go to chocolate cake; the basis for all your frostings and fruity toppings and the taste test that all other chocolate cakes should be measured off of. This cake has a dense, moist feel that melts in your mouth and a rich and complex flavour from the espresso powder.
It’s a must try!
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
1½ teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon espresso powder
1 cup milk
½ cup vegetable or canola oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water
Preheat oven to 350º and prepare two 9-inch cake pans by greasing and lightly flouring them.
To prepare the batter:
Add the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt and espresso powder to a large bowl. Whisk through to combine flour mixture.
Add milk, vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla to flour mixture and mix together on medium speed until well combined. Reduce speed and carefully add boiling water to the cake batter. Beat on high speed for about 1 minute to add air to the batter.
The cake batter will be very thin after adding the boiling water. This is correct and should not be thickened.
Distribute cake batter evenly between the two prepared cake pans. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick or thin knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
Remove from the oven and allow cool for about 10 minutes before removing from the pan and cooling completely.
Frost cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting.