Monday, July 15, 2013

Go-to Chocolate Cake

My oldest turns 7 tomorrow. We celebrated with his grandparent's over the weekend, and I made the cake for which he drew me blueprints. As is the case with most of my cakes, this one didn't look good but it tasted good. The red icing bled during the 1 hour drive to the grandparent's house.

I've used this recipe for cupcakes in the past, but my son requested a cake this year, and the recipe has an option for that. This is the only chocolate cake I will ever make. It's ideal in every way- rich, chocolaty, never dry. Your search is over, this is the perfect chocolate cake.
One-Bowl Chocolate Cake
from Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook

makes 2 dozen cupcakes, or a 13*9 inch cake, or a 2 layer cake

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
2 1/2 cups sugar
2 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1 1/4 tsp salt
2 large whole eggs, plus 1 large egg yolk
1 1/4 cups whole milk
1/2 cups plus 2 tbs vegetable oil
1 1/4 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 cups warm water

Preheat oven to 350. Prepare your pan, depending on which cake you are making: Line two standard 12-cup muffin pans with paper liners. Or spray a 13*9 inch pan with cooking spray. Or spray two 8*2 inch round cake pans liberally with cooking spray, line bottoms with parchment paper; spray parchment. 

Into the bowl of an electric mixer, sift together flour, cocoa, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Attach bowl to mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; add the egg and yolk, the milk, oil, vanilla, and warm water. Beat on low speed until smooth and combined, about 3 minutes; scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. 

Divide batter evenly among muffin cups, filling each about two-thirds full. Or pour into prepared 13*9 inch pan. Or divide evenly into two round cake pans. 
For cupcakes, bake 20-25 minutes, rotating pans half-way through cooking time. 
For 13*9 inch cake, bake 45-50 minutes.
For round layer cake, bake 45 minutes, rotating pans half-way through cooking time. 

Cool cake on a wire rack before frosting with your favorite frosting. (I'll share my favorite tomorrow!)

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