How to Make a Chocolate Cake

Are you looking forward to making a delicious chocolate cake? There are so many variations that it might be difficult to choose a single recipe.


Here's a simple one to get you started along with several variations to suit the occasion.

Ingredients

  • 1½ cup (192 grams) flour
  • 1 cup (201 grams) sugar
  • ½ teaspoon (7 grams) salt
  • 1 teaspoon (2 grams) baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons (43 grams) cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon (15 milliliters) vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons (90 milliliters) oil
  • 1 teaspoon (5 milliliters) vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (200 milliliters) water
  • 2 eggs

Steps

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    Sift the dry ingredients together. The dry ingredients are: flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, and cocoa. Simply place all the dry ingredients in a sifter and shake it back and forth over a bowl to eliminate the clumps.
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    Stir in the liquid ingredients and stir well. These are the vinegar, oil, vanilla, water and egg. Some people like to add these ingredients individually, but others stir them together in a second bowl and before adding them to the dry ingredients.
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    Pour the mixture into an 8-inch greased and floured round pan. The grease and flour will keep the mix from sticking to the pan. [citation needed]
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    Bake at 350 °F (177 °C). (175 C.) for 30 minutes.
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    Let the cake cool for 5 minutes.
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    Frost as desired.

Variations

  • Make an airy, spongy chocolate cake as a light dessert.
  • Make a dense chocolate cake if you want the dessert to be decadent and rich.
  • Add a hazelnut praline twist to your chocolate cake if you want something original.
  • Avoid baking by making a chocolate biscuit cake.
  • Out of frosting? Try a chocolate chip cake!
  • Make a walnut chocolate bread cake to enjoy with afternoon tea.
  • Go for the crunch with a chocolate covered Oreo cookie cake.

Tips

  • Use half or double the amount of ingredients for a smaller or larger cake, respectively.
  • Consider adding some edible decorations like chocolate chips, cream flowers or beads, etc.
  • If eggs are being used, whip the yolks and fold them in first and then whip the whites and fold them in in the end.
  • Don't cut the cake or even try to remove it from the baking pan unless it has been cooled for minimum of 5 minutes. Preferably, leave it to cool completely. Only cut or try to remove it from the baking pan before it is completely if there is a big issue with time or if your cake is supposed to be served warm.
  • If you want a softer cake, add more baking powder.
  • Some people are vegetarians and do not eat eggs, so you will need to prepare Eggless cakes for them. Many people even don’t like having sour cream or butter. So what you can do is have some substitutes in place of the eggs like rice flour. However if you use rice flour, be prepared for the cake batter to remain thin.
  • Want to know if your cake is baked? Put a toothpick in the center. If the batter comes our dry the cake is fully baked. [1]

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