May 26, 2011

"Idiot Proof" One Bowl Chocolate Cake

My youngest has pneumonia and strep throat, one of my daughters also has strep. With this much going on, I need to tempt appetites and darn it, I need chocolate!

The chocolate version of  "Idiot Proof" One Bowl Yellow Cake. The description in the cookbook says, "It's probably possible for someone to mess this cake up. But you'd really have to work at it. Dark, rich, perfect. Death By Chocolate."

You can make this cake in a 9x13" pan, baking for 35 to 40 minutes.

Idiot Proof One Bowl Chocolate Cake
Shelia Raab, Clueless in the Kitchen

1 3/4 cups  all purpose flour
2 cups  sugar
3/4 cup  unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons  baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons  baking soda
2 eggs
1 cup  milk
1/2 cup  vegetable oil
2 teaspoons  vanilla
1 cup  boiling water

Preheat the oven to 350° F.

Prepare two 8 or 9-inch round cake pans by lining them with waxed paper.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder and baking soda. Add the eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla, beating with an eletric mixer for 2 minutes.  You can use a whisk if you have too. Pour in the boiling water and mix until just combined.

Pour the batter evenly into the prepared pans, and bake at 350° F for about 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of each cake comes out clean.

Loosen the sides of the cakes by running a knife around the edge, then turn them over onto a rack-they should fall out of the pans. Peel off the waxed paper, and let cool completely before icing. COMPLETELY!!!

This makes a "pudding-like" layer cake, very moist and dense. You could add an extra tsp of vanilla for a stronger taste, or substitute boiling hot coffee for the boiling water for a mocha flavour.
Spread jam in the middle between the layers- raspberry, apricot, or strawberry- or Nutella, and top with a chocolate ganache.

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