When I’m down, don’t bring me a box of chocolate. Cheer me up with a good piece of chocolate cake.
Since moving here, I have yet to find a decent piece of cake. Yes, I know, I am fussy with my cakes or shall I say, I am passionate about my cakes. Especially with chocolate cakes. It has to be moist, dense with a level of chocolate goodness that will make my head spin. When I made this cake last week, I was in the middle of my pre-Christmas diet. I’m into my fifth week now but all those steamed chicken breasts and salads made me crave for a quick sugar fix. And I’m not one to reach for that bar of chocolate, the idea of making an entire cake seemed more appealing.
And there is one person whom I wanted to share it with who I know has an allergy to eggs and butter. He had expressed how he has been missing on all the good sweet stuff. So that is how this eggless cake came to mind. I couldn’t be more pleased with the result. It has all the qualities of what a good chocolate cake should be. The most rewarding part of it all was when I heard it was enjoyed and appreciated by the person whom I made it for.
What you’ll need:
3cups All purpose flour
1/2cup Cocoa powder
2tsp Bicarbonate soda
2/3cup Sunflower Oil
2cups Cold water
Pre-heat oven to 180 deg C.
Grease a 20cm round cake tin and set aside.
In a big bowl, sift together sugar, flour, salt, cocoa powder and bicarbonate soda.
Stir in vinegar, oil and cold water.
Using a whisk, beat mixture until well combined and smooth.
Pour into the cake pan and bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Cover the top of cake with parchment paper after 30mins so it will not burn.
Once cake is done, remove from oven and cool on wire rack for 10mins.
Remove from pan and set aside to cool.
250g Dark chocolate, chopped into small pieces
In a small saucepan, heat the cream.
Once it comes to boil, remove from heat and whisk in the chocolate.
Return pan to heat to melt the chocolate if necessary.
Stir until smooth.
Allow to set just enough so that it can be spread over the cake.
Once cake is cool, ice with ganache from the centre outwards.
Serve and wait for the smiles. Another cake idea for this upcoming Christmas which will be a crowd pleaser, both young and old.
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