BACK TO BASICS- CHOCOLATE CAKE

I have been making this chocolate cake for years now. It is probably the first cake I made and it is still my favourite. It is a chocolate cake after all! If you like chocolate (off course you do), you must make this cake. Warning- it is so good and so easy to make that you'll make it all the time. 

I usually like to cover this cake with chocolate or vanilla frosting but this time I decided to make chocolate ganache with it. This chocolate cake with chocolate ganache is a chocolate lover's delight. 

Here are a few notes before you get started-
 

  • If you don't have butter milk, substitute it with a mixture of 3/4 cup milk and 1 tsp white vinegar. Let the mixture rest for 5 minutes before you add it to the batter
  • For the ganache, I used fresh cream by Amul which is easily available in all grocery shops across India
  • I used milk chocolate in the ganache. You can use dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate.
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INGREDIENTS-

CAKE-

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cups cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup butter milk
  • a pinch of salt

GANACHE-

  • 1 cup cooking chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh cream
  • 1tsp corn starch or custard powder

 

PROCEDURE-

CAKE-

  • Pre-heat the oven to 170C. Oil a 9" circular cake tin. Dust the with cocoa, tap out extra
  • Whisk cocoa, flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder into a bowl
  • In a large bowl, cream oil and sugar. 
  • Add eggs, one at a time and mix well after each addition
  • Beat in vanilla using mixer at low
  • Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients alternating with butter milk, starting and ending with flour mixture. Beat until smooth
  • Pour the batter into pans and bake until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean

 

GANACHE-

  • On a double boiler with flame on medium low,cook cream and chocolate until the chocolate melts
  • Add corn starch/ custard powder and whisk continuously until the mixture thickens. 
  • Remove from heat and pour on the cake