Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate Cake!


I recently had a small mention on the lovely shopping site Pocket Change "Best of the Web" section. If you're interested in doing a little online shopping or visiting their great "tips center" click on the link http://pocketchange.become.com/2011/10/best-of-the-web-no-35.html 
 
Back to Chocolate Cake.  It seems to me it is a very personal matter. Some like it sweet, some dense and chewy, others crave a mousse like confection.  This is my current favorite when the mood strikes.  Chocolate sponge, chocolate chips and chocolate glaze result in a fairly intense chocolate fix.  I'm loving my bundt pan at the moment, my cakes turn out looking like an architectural delight - without the slightest effort on my part. 

If you weren't going for such an intense chocolate experience you could make the sponge vanilla, by adding 3 cups of flour and omitting the cocoa powder.  Your choice.


For the sponge

2 sticks of unsalted butter (room temperature)
1 1/2 cups of sugar
4 eggs (room temperature)
3/4 cup of sour cream (room temperature)
1/4 cup of coffee
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
1/2 cup of cocoa powder (I use Hershey's)
1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 cup of chocolate chips (tossed in 1 tablespoon of all purpose flour)

For the glaze

1 cup of heavy cream
1 cup of chocolate chips


Heat the oven to 350F

Grease and flour a 10 cup bundt pan.

Beat the butter and sugar until really light and fluffy.

Add the eggs one at a time.  Scrape down the bowl after each addition.

Mix together the sour cream, coffee and vanilla extract.

In another bowl mix together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, soda and salt.

In another bowl toss the chocolate chips in a tablespoon of flour and set aside.

Add half the flour mixture to the sugar and egg mixture. Combine gently.

Add the sour cream mixture and gently beat until just combined.

Add the remainder of the flour mixture and fold in.

Add the chocolate chips and gently fold in.

Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 50 - 1 hour.  The cake is cooked when a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Cool in the the pan for 5 minutes and then turn out onto a wire rack to cool thoroughly.

To make the glaze, combine the chocolate chips and the cream in a saucepan over a medium/low heat.

Stir until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is a smooth velvety consistency. 

Place a large plate under the cake and pour the glaze over the cake.

Let set and serve.






34 comments:

  1. Chocolate cake sounds lovely this morning. Much more exciting than the oatmeal waiting on the stove! If only...

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  2. Ooh this looks like such a treat - love the triple chocolate aspects! Now I know what to make next time my friends come round :)

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  3. Now that's a real chocolate treat! Just lovely, all that dripping glaze, now I need to have some chocolate!

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  4. All I can say is yum, yum, yum! Wow, a chocolate lover's delight, for sure!

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  5. Oh,yeah, this is a winner! Chocolate cake with chocolate chips and chocolate icing?? And beautiful to boot? Yes, this would fulfill all our chocolate cravings :)

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  6. I don't know if I can wait for the glaze to set! This looks FABULOUS, Mary!

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  7. OH MY WORD, I want a piece of this gorgeous cake! This looks just heavenly! I'm definitely making this soon!

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  8. Mmmm...Mary, that chocolate cake looks gorgeous!! Must make soon! xxoo

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  9. This is a real treat...The cake looks so tempting!

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  10. Oh my. This looks so good. Its making me hungry however. Love all the recipes you post. Keep them coming. Doesn't help that I'm on a diet. xx

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  11. Oh my. This looks so good. Its making me hungry however. Love all the recipes you post. Keep them coming. Doesn't help that I'm on a diet. xx

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  12. Looks and sounds awesome. I don't think there is such a thing as too much chocolate

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  13. Yes Yes Yes! You scream I scream we all scream for CHOCOLATE! I love this cake. My husbands' favorite dessert ever and one you reminded me I need to make him soon! Will be using your recipe for sure

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  14. That cake looks and sounds DIVINE! Such an indulgent treat and why not now and then!
    Great photos too....
    Karen

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  15. Oh, my . . . you've made this look absolutely irresistible. Gotta love it!

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  16. This cake looks amazingly decadent! I love how perfect your chocolate drizzle ran down the sides. By the way, I've give you an award on my blog! Congrats!

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  17. i'm hungry for choc now!! the cake looks awesome. Yes, i also agree that bundt cakes look very attractive!

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  18. Oh my this looks divine! Triple chocolate is perfect anytime!

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  19. This looks soooo good!! I am definitely going to get a bundt pan just to make this!

    Thank you for sharing it!

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  20. This is absolutely awesome! Just want to grab a slice from my computer screen.

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  21. I want my chocolate cake dense, moist and have lots of chocolate ganache!

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  22. This picture is rocking my world right now... I think I'm in love and I'm not even a chocolate lover..

    Great looking recipe..
    Shug

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  23. I am so in love with this cake... its gorgeous!!! And I get what you're saying about the bundt pan, I do believe it may be time to go and invest in one myself :-)

    I tried out your apple cake in an ordinary cake pan, but it fell a bit (it was still amazingly tasty though) so I really really need a bundt pan now, don't you think?

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  24. This looks yummy. Perfect chocolaty!
    I love my bundt pans, I have several and am amazed everytime I turn one out.

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  25. YUM YUM YUM! You're all over the blogosphere today :) Just saw your Leibster Award at yummy chunklet and this spectacular cake over at Three Cookies! Well done!

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  26. I love how the glaze stayed in the grooves of that cake. I can just imagine how delicious each bite would be. MMMMM!

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  27. that chocolate cake looks gorgeous!!

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  28. Chocolate, chocolate, and chocolate...what more could a girl want? This looks delicious! :)

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  29. What a great looking delicious cake!

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  30. Oh Mary, All I can think of is how much Charlie would have loved this cake. Whenever I see something like this, I truly think of him and chuckle. What a great way to keep memories alive. Chocolate is definitely a super food!

    Love
    Jane

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  31. This chocolate cake is amazing!!!! gloria

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  32. This is the way to eat chocolate cake! I have to try this.

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  33. Hi Mary, I just had to tell you that I "pinned" this recipe on Pinterest a little while back and people have been repinning it like crazy! They love this cake! I get a little notification when they repin it and there are a TON of repins for this particular cake! Good for you! Have a great day!

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  34. Love how this chocolate looks. Cool photos too! Can't wait to make this over the weekends.

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