Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Basic Chocolate Cake

Very few kids can turn down chocolate. And even fewer can turn down rich chocolate cake. The bakeries will attest that it is the best selling cake flavor for birthday cakes and in some bakeries, even for wedding cakes.

My lola, mother, aunts, cousins and sisters all made chocolate cakes with slight variations on taste, usually on the frosting that is used. Cooking school teaches us that it is one of the basic cakes that aspiring bakers must cut their teeth on. 

Basic Chocolate Cake
1 c butter
2 c sugar
4 eggs
1 c sour milk
2 c all purpose flour
1/2 c cocoa powder
1/4 t salt
1 t baking powder
2 t baking soda
1 t vanilla

Sift all dry ingredients together.

Cream butter and sugar (this works better and easier if butter is softened by taking it out of the fridge early) until fluffy but grainy. Add eggs one by one.

Mix in one part of dry ingredients. Alternate with milk, ending with dry ingredients.

Add vanilla.

Bake in 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes or until knife inserted into center comes out clean. 

Glossy Chocolate Frosting
1c sugar
5T cocoa
3/4 c boiling water
1/2 t vanilla
3T cornstarch
1/4 t salt
3T butter

Boil water, then pour into a pan containing the sugar and cocoa powder. Keep heat on so water is just under boiling point. Keep stirring constantly. Add cornstarch and salt. When fully combined, take off heat and add butter. Spread over cake while hot.


AdB said...


Shall try this recipe.

delisyosa said...

If you don't have sour milk, you can make some by putting one tablespoon of cane vinegar into one cup of whole (or 2% or fat-free) milk. Let stand for at least half an hour after which it will be ready to pour.