Sunday, April 01, 2007

Martha Stewart's easy chocolate cake

Made this cake for my grandfather’s birthday dinner last year. One of Martha Stewart's easier recipes, taken from her website. You’ll end up with a rich, heavy chocolate cake.

Easy Chocolate Cake recipe

170g / ¾ cup butter
¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
¾ cup all purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup sour cream (if memory serves me right, I didn’t have sour cream so I substituted this with ½ cup plain yoghurt)

1. Preheat oven to 180C. Butter an 8 inch round cake pan, line with baking sheet and butter the sheet. Dust with cocoa powder, shake off excess.
2. Sift flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt together into a bowl, set this aside.
3. Cream sugar and butter in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time, add in vanilla and beat. Next, add flour mixture and sour cream in about three batches, mixing well between each addition.
4. Pour cake mixture into prepared pan. Tap pan on counter to remove any air bubbles. Put into oven and bake about 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes, remove from pan, and let cool completely on wire rack. Top with glazing of your choice.

I made a simple chocolate glaze to go with the cake. 200g of semisweet chocolate chips, a tablespoon of butter and ½ cup of double cream. Stir together over low heat until the chocolate has melted. Allow to cool until thick. Pour over cake and let it set. Dust cake with cocoa powder.

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