engagement cake hence the pressure was on. It was hard work but well worth the effort.Last year, Delicious magazine had some sorta anniversary and there was a promotion to buy 2 magazines for the price of 1. So, there began my journey of purchasing food/gourmet magazines! One of the issues had various cake recipes in conjunction with their “birthday” and I came across this recipe entitled “The Best Chocolate Cake”. At that time, I was in search of a good chocolate cake recipe for my Black Forest but the few that I tried were mediocre only. I’m very fussy about my cakes, and especially with my chocolate desserts. Being a chocolate fan, I’ll only use good quality chocolate for my stuff and cocoa powder in a cake just ain’t good enough!When I first stumbled upon this recipe and read the title, my first thought was “What arrogance!” Then I thought, why not? If it sucks, I can write in to Delicious and complain. My skepticism turned out so very wrong! The cake was awesome! While it is baking, the house is filled with the strongest, richest chocolate aroma. Splendid! I’ve since used this recipe for all my chocolate based cakes eg Black Forest and Chocolate Banana Cake.I made this here as an experiment for my “Ah Koh” (Big Bro) – Terence’s engagement. I had no problem making the cake, it was the marzipan and sugar paste I was concerned about. It’s my first time making an
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder, sifted
- 3/4 cup strong espresso
- 2 tsp vanilla essence
- 375g plain flour
- 1 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 185g unsalted butter, softened
- 330g caster sugar
- 3 eggs
- 180g dark chocolate, melted and cooled
- Preheat oven to 160C, and grease a baking pan
- Mix cocoa powder, coffee, vanilla essence and 1/2 cup cold water in a bowl and whisk.
- Sift flour , bicarbonate of soda and a pinch of salt together.
- Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well each time.
- Stir in melted chocolate into egg mixture.
- Add the flour and cocoa mixture alternatively into egg mixture.
- Pour into pan and bake till set (approximately 1 – 1 1/2 hours).
- Leave to cool and decorate accordingly.