p Box o' Spices: Basic chocolate cake

Friday, February 23, 2007

Basic chocolate cake

I have always been very interested in baking but never took the effort to experiment. I would always use the cake mixes and brownie mixes. After seeing Sudha's chocolate cake I've been wanting to bake a chocolate cake from scratch. I even went and bought all the ingredients. I wish I had a big oven like the ones we had in the US. I just have a toaster oven here, and was a bit doubtful about whether it would work the same. There are some people in my family who don't eat egg and so I searched for an eggless cake recipe. Judging from the pictures I settled for one from Chowtimes. The recipe uses a 9x13 pan, but my toaster oven would only fit a smaller one. So I made half the qty in a 8 inch square pan. And shortened the baking time to 30 minutes. The result was awesome. It felt a but crusty on top, but within an hour or two turned very soft and moist. And everyone was happy.


Ingredients

Set 1:
Flour: 1.5 cups
Baking soda: 1 tsp
Salt: 1/4 tsp
Cocoa powder: 3 tbsp

Set 2:
Water: 1 cup
Sugar: 1 cup
Vanilla extract: 1/2 tbsp
Lemon juice: 1 tbsp
Oil: 1/4 cup
Some mini chocolate chips (optional)

Preheat oven to 350F.
Sift the ingredients in Set 1.
Mix the ingredients in set 2 until sugar has dissolved.
Mix together both sets.
Pour into a greased and floured pan (about 8-9 inch pan) and sprinkle some chocolate chips on top.
Bake for 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Cool and cut into squares.

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7 Comments:

At 7:58 AM, Blogger jacob said...

basic cake recipe? is there such a thing? i'm totally intimidated by baking cakes:-)
but yours looks lovely.

 
At 9:16 AM, Blogger Asha said...

Looks moist and delicious.Good job.

 
At 2:38 PM, Blogger Ben and Suanne said...

Looks just like the one my kids love. I'm glad your family enjoyed it.
Suanne

 
At 4:42 PM, Blogger Maheswari said...

Now that's a super moist , fluffy looking cake..i love choc.cake.Just posted one few days ago.Thanks for sharing.

 
At 11:53 PM, Blogger Spicelover said...

Jacob: I called it Basic because its just the cake. No fancy toppings or icing. Baking is fun and takes about 10-15 min in the kitchen. I am just starting but think I will bake more often now considering how quick this one got over.

Asha: Thanks. Was perfect with my daily cuppa Joe

Maheswari: Thanks. Took a look at your cakes. Good job.. now I have more recipes to refer to.

Suanne: Thanks for the recipe. And thanks for stopping by.

 
At 3:53 AM, Blogger Anamika said...

hi spice lover
you have to start somehwere and its a good start..keep it up.
am also fond of making cakes and experiment with them. Do visit my blogsite whenever you have time for it. The google search for sugarcraft will point towards 'the sugarcrafter'. The blogsite is http://sugarcraft-india.blogspot.com

 
At 2:01 AM, Blogger Anamika said...

Hi spice lover
Thank you for visiting my blog site and leaving encouraging words. It helps one to do more. Lets keep in touch to share our experiences on food.

 

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