Thursday, 3 October 2013

Sticky, Messy, Delicious...

This cake is not for sophisticated parties. 
This cake is not for high teas with the posh girlies. 
This cake is for indulgent moments with friends, where chocolate moustaches and licking fingers is totally acceptable. 
It is sticky, it is moist, it is messy but it is absolutely delicious! 

Sticky Chocolate Cake

2 cups white sugar
1 3/4 cups cake flour
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 extra-large eggs (at room temperature)
1 cup full cream milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water

Heat oven to 180C
In a large mixing bowl, sift together the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, bicarb and salt.
Into the flour mixture add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla.  Beat on a medium speed until blended. Be sure not to overbeat.
Stir in boiling water (the batter will look really runny - don’t panic this is the secret trick).
Spay cake tin with ‘spray and bake’ and fill with all batter (will be about half full).
I use an 11 inch tin so that the cake is big but not thick, producing far more ladylike slices.
Cook in heated oven for 40 minutes.
Cool completely on wire rack before frosting.

Chocolate Cream Cheese icing
½ cup butter (NOT margarine) Set at room temperature to soften.
1 tub of cream cheese (230g)  - directly from fridge.
½ cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups icing sugar
Place the butter in your mixing bowl and beat until smooth.
Mix the cream cheese in and continue to blend until smooth and combined.
Add vanilla extract.
Add cocoa powder to mixture
Add in the icing sugar, one cup at a time, blending in until smooth. Increase speed once all icing sugar has been added to fluff icing up.

Once cake has cooled, slice cake through the centre, ice the inside, then place the top half back on the iced bottom and ice the whole cake.
Decorate as desired. (I like to add strawberries to create a bit of a taste explosion, with the rich chocolate contrasted against the soft light strawberry)


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1 comment:

  1. yummmmmy