Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Classic Chocolate Cake (CCC)

The Little Black Dress or the LBD is purportedly what every women must have in her wardrobe. I think the CCC is like the LBD. Those learning to bake should have one CCC recipe in her recipe drawer.
This could be it maybe?

1 1/3 cups (200g) plain flour
2 tbs cocoa
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
200g good-quality dark chocolate, chopped
225g unsalted butter, softened, chopped
1 cup (220g) caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 eggs
1/2 cup (125ml) milk
Chocolate ganache icing to decorate

What to do:
Preheat the oven to 160°C. Grease and line a 24cm round springform cake pan.
Sift the flour, cocoa, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl. Set aside.
Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water (don't let bowl touch water). Cool slightly.

Beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. With beaters on medium speed, add vanilla, then add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Pour in cooled chocolate and beat until well combined. Beat in a third of sifted ingredients, followed by a third of the milk. Repeat until all ingredients are incorporated, beating until smooth.

Pour mixture into the pan and bake for 45-55 minutes until risen and a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Cool in the pan on a rack for 10 minutes, then invert onto rack to cool completely.

To make chocolate ganache: Melt 150g chopped good-quality dark chocolate with 125ml pure cream and 20g unsalted butter in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water (don't let the bowl touch the water). Stir until well combined, then set aside for 30 minutes to cool and thicken before use.

To serve, spread icing over the top and sides of the cake using a hot palette knife.

Verdict: Yummylicious! Easy to bake...I followed the recipe religiously and it came out great.
No tweaking of temperature, nothing. Just follow the recipe for good results.


wanda said...

Good job! Looks so yummy. Bet everyone enjoyed it loads. Cheers.

Joanna said...

I've tried using nutella and cream as a ganache before as well.

Joanna said...

Oops wrong info. I used that for the filling. ;p

The Sudden Cook said...

Wow! Bet it was quite a moist cake then. Need to try that moist choc cake recipe I have!

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