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Quick and Easy Chocolate Cake

Deliciously Simple Chocolate Cake: A Delight for Any Occasion

Quick and Easy Chocolate Cake

This is not your average chocolate cake! This recipe is a dream come true for busy bakers and chocoholics alike. Made with simple ingredients and minimal steps, this cake delivers a moist, fluffy crumb and a decadent chocolate frosting that will have you wanting more.

Gather your Ingredients:

For the cake itself, you'll need:

  • 2 cups (240g) of all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (200g) of granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (80g) of unsweetened cocoa powder – for that rich chocolatey depth
  • 1 teaspoon (5g) of baking powder – to give your cake a beautiful rise
  • 1 teaspoon (5g) of baking soda – another leavening agent for a fluffy texture
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5g) of salt – to balance the sweetness
  • 2 large eggs – the base for your batter
  • 1 cup (240ml) of milk – keeps the cake moist
  • ½ cup (120ml) of vegetable oil – adds richness without heaviness
  • 2 teaspoons (10ml) of vanilla extract – for a touch of warm flavor
  • 1 cup (240ml) of boiling water – a secret ingredient for a super moist cake

To create the luxurious chocolate frosting, you'll need:

  • 200g of semi-sweet chocolate, chopped into small pieces
  • 200ml of heavy cream – for a smooth and decadent frosting

Baking Bliss: Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F) and prepare your pan. Grease and flour a 9x13 inch cake pan to ensure easy removal later.
  2. Start by sifting or whisking together the dry ingredients in a roomy bowl. This includes your flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Incorporate the wet ingredients. Pour the wet ingredients – eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla – into the dry mixture. Use an electric mixer on medium speed or a good old whisk to combine everything until you have a smooth and homogeneous batter.
  4. Here comes the secret! Slowly add the boiling water to the batter while gently stirring. Don't worry if the batter seems very liquid – that's the magic of this recipe!
  5. Once mixed, pour the batter evenly into your prepared baking pan. Bake at the preheated temperature for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Keep an eye on it – a toothpick inserted into the center should come out clean when the cake is done.
  6. Let the cake cool slightly before transferring it to a wire rack. This allows for even cooling without the bottom getting soggy. After 10 minutes, the cake should be firm enough to move without crumbling. Gently transfer it to a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. While the cake cools, whip up your chocolate frosting. Grab a bowl that can handle heat and add the chopped chocolate pieces to it. In a separate saucepan, heat the cream until it just begins to boil. Slowly pour the piping hot cream over the chocolate. Now comes the patience part – let the mixture sit undisturbed for 5 minutes.
  8. Gently stir the chocolate mixture until you have a smooth, shiny, and decadent chocolate ganache. Allow it to cool slightly before frosting the cake.

The Grand Finale: Assembling and Serving

  1. Once your cake is completely cool, spread the luscious chocolate frosting over the top. Gently spread the frosting over the cake using a spatula to achieve a beautiful, uniform coat.
  2. Get creative with decorations! You can sprinkle chocolate shavings, colorful sprinkles, or even fresh berries on top for an extra touch of beauty.
  3. Slice and serve! Versatility alert! This cake shines for any gathering, whether it's a fancy afternoon tea party or a lively birthday bash. Enjoy it with a cold glass of milk or a steaming cup of coffee to complete the chocolatey experience.

Tips for Success:

  • For an even richer chocolate flavor, use dark cocoa powder in place of unsweetened cocoa powder.
  • If you don't have buttermilk on hand, you can make your own by adding 1 tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice to 1 cup of milk and letting it sit for 5 minutes before using.
  • Don't overmix the batter once you add the boiling water. A few lumps are perfectly fine and won't affect the final texture of the cake.
  • Let the frosting cool slightly before spreading it over the cake. This will help it to set properly and create a beautiful finish.