الخميس 18 أبريل 2024

Easy chocolate cake recipe

موقع أيام نيوز

veryone needs an easy chocolate cake recipe in their repertoire as there is almost never a time when a slice of gooey, buttercream-slathered chocolate cake wouldn't be appreciated. An easy chocolate cake is the ultimate temptation, whether it's someone's birthday or not. To make a good one, you want it to be rich and moist – use chocolate with over 50% cocoa content and make sure you watch it as it bakes to ensure it doesn't dry out. When it comes to decorating your easy chocolate cake recipe, the world is your oyster so keep it simple with some chocolate buttercream, try out your piping skills with buttercream roses or cover it in generous dollops of salted caramel or Maltesers for some added flavour.

Ingredients

175g (6oz) margarine or softened butter

175g (6oz) caster sugar

3 large eggs

150g (5oz) self-raising flour, sifted

50g (1¾oz) of cocoa, sifted

1tsp baking powder



1tsp vanilla extract

Pinch of salt

FOR THE SIMPLE CHOCOLATE ICING

100g (3½oz) of dark chocolate

100g (3½oz) of chopped butter

METHOD

Step 1

Heat the oven to 180°C (gas mark 4). Lightly grease an 18cm (7in) round cake tin with a little extra butter or margarine and cut a piece of greaseproof paper or non-stick baking parchment to fit the base of the tin.

Step 2

Put all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and beat with a wooden spoon or a hand-held mixer for 1 minute, or until just combined. It's important not to beat the batter too much - just long enough to make it smooth.

Step 3

Pour or spoon the mixture into the tin, smooth the top and bake on the middle shelf of the oven for about 45-50 minutes. The cake is cooked when it looks well risen; the top should spring back when lightly touched with a fingertip. Another test is to insert a skewer into the centre of the cake - it should come out clean.



Step 4

Let the cake sit in the tin for 5 minutes, then gently run a knife around the edge and turn the cake out onto a wire rack to cool.

Step 5

For the icing, place the dark chocolate and chopped butter in a heatproof bowl and set over a saucepan of very hot water until melted. Cool for 15 minutes, then spread over the top of the cooled cake.