Thursday, March 25, 2010

The easiest cake that I have ever baked..

Classic, now metro, lunchbox fair, moist chocolate cake topped with very chocolatey and gooey ganache are a treat that many of us are familiar with. Interesting and appetising, it is basically comes to one thing..... this cake is made all in one bowl and has no egg...!
This cake has a moist, light texture and an excellent chocolate flavour, quite dark and rich looking, though the cake has none of the heaviness that can result from 'richer' chocolate cakes.

I much prefer this sort of cake to dense ones, because I find that the relative lightness goes very well with coffee or tea, not to mention that I might have room for a second piece..or maybe a third ..!

This cake calls for pouring the ganache on to the cake to create a smooth surface.

Aaah... the chocolatey and simply gooey and delicious topping....

...and to share the recipe....


2 1/2 cups - all purpose flour
1/2 cup - cocoa powder
1/2 cup - castor sugar
1 1/2 cup - brown sugar
(if you like your cake sweet, use 1 1/2 cup castor sugar and 1/2 cup brown sugar.
I like my cake not too sweet)
1 tsp - baking soda
1 1/2 tsp bicarbonate soda
1 cup - water
3/4 cup - fresh milk (low or fat - does'nt matter)
9 tbsp - vegetable oil
1 1/2 tsp - vanila extract
1 tbsp - apple cider vinegar
(if you dont have apple cider - just use the ordinary 'cuka makan')

Method (?)... very easy....
just 'dump' everthing in a bowl and whisk until the batter is smooth
(I think thats why they call it 'Dump-Cake'..!)

Pour into a lined/greased 8-inch square baking tin, and bake.

350F, 1hr, until a tester comes out clean and the cake springs back when gently pressed.
Note: Make sure the cake is completely cool before pouring the ganache.

CHOCOLATE GANACHE (my improvised version)
4 cups - bittersweet chocolate ( coarsely chopped)
1/2 cup - dark chocolate chips
1 tbsp butter
2 tsp - cornflour (dilute a bit with water)
1 tsp - instant coffee (optional, if you like that mocha taste)

Place chocolates + butter in a heatproof bowl - double boil. Once chocolate melted, add the cornflour mixture-a teaspoon at a time.
Stir until mixture is smooth (much easier if you use a whisk).
Pour or spread the chocolate mixture onto cake.
Thats it..!

(Background voice: Baby.. you are not planning to sell this cake, are you...?! )

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