I’m not always the most patient person, especially when it comes to waiting for something delicious to be ready to eat. I burn the roof of my mouth on a regular basis from not letting things cool. And sometimes I try to rush when I’m making a chocolate cake and suffer the consequences. Recently I was up visiting my parents’ and decided to make a big chocolate cake for everyone to share, using a recipe from the people at Baker’s chocolate. Let’s just say that the end results were delicious…but far from pretty.
This is what the chocolate cake was supposed to look like:
And this is how it ended up because I was rushing like a mad woman:
The end result was a puffed up center that looks like my cake has a tumor and icing pouring down the sides, and over the plate. It still tasted fantastic, but there is a lesson here in rushing between steps. And I wouldn’t be a good blogger if I didn’t fess up to my mistakes. So I still want to share with you this rich, decadent chocolate cake recipe, but I would advise you to do as I say and not as I do in this situation.
What you’ll need:
- 2/3 cup butter, softened
- 1-3/4 cups flour
- 1-3/4 cups granulated sugar
- 1-1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1-1/4 cups water
- 4 squares Baker’s unsweetened chocolate, melted, cooled
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 3 eggs
- 4 squares Baker’s unsweetened chocolate, chopped
- 1/4 cup butter
- 3 1/2 cups icing sugar
- 1/2 cup milk
Lets get started on the cake first:
Chop the chocolate and melt it in a microwave until shiny and smooth. The only reason that all of this chocolate isn’t eaten already is because it is unsweetened. Its a natural deterrent from grabby hands walking past someone baking in the kitchen. If this was semi-sweet or milk chocolate I would have had to chop twice as much. Such is a reality of baking around a chocolate addicted family.
Grease and flour 2 (9-inch) round pans. Pour batter into prepared pans.
But despite my mistakes, it still tasted great, so it was just a matter of slicing it up and pouring extra icing over each warm slice. With a scoop of vanilla ice cream, I have to say it was pretty fantastic. I’d definitely make this again…but I’ll take my time. Hopefully. Maybe. Who am I kidding? 😉