It’s Chocolate Cake, or Nothing

Do you love chocolate cake? If so, then you can make it in 40 minutes because it is so easy to make. This may not be a fancy cake that you see at a bakery, but this chocolate cake is so delicious. This may seem really hard, but it’s actually really easy. Anyone can make it. You can make this easy chocolate cake for a birthday party, it can be a gift for someone, you can make this any time because it’s so delicious. I made this chocolate cake twice. It was really easy to make because I had no trouble at all with the ingredients or anything like that. I really recommend that you make this chocolate cake because, like I said before, it’s not hard, and it is so delicious. 

Before you start, you must need a 9-inch round cake pan. If you want to take the cake out of the pan when you are finished, then you will need some parchment paper. There are two ways you can get the parchment paper. One way is that you can buy the roll of parchment paper, then you would trace the parchment paper with the pan, then you’d have a round parchment paper, or the other way is that you can buy the circle parchment papers that are already cut into 9-inch circles. Before you put the parchment paper into the pan, you must grease only the bottom of the pan with a little bit of butter or extra light olive oil (canola oil works, too). Then you can just put in the parchment paper so that it can stick. Once you are done with that, you can set that aside.

The ingredients you’ll need for the cake are Flour, sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, cool water, vegetable oil (preferably canola or extra light olive oil), freshly squeezed lemon juice (or distilled white vinegar), and vanilla extract. Make sure you preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Before you start measuring your ingredients, you have to always aerate your flour. Aerating your flour means that you have to stir it and give it some air because if you just measure it into the bowl, then your cake comes out dry. No matter where you have your flour, whether it’s in a container, or in the bag that you bought it in, you still have to stir it around so that the flour doesn’t sit. Once you stir it, the best way to measure it is to scoop in to your measuring cup, and then once it’s full, you level it off with a knife or with the back of your spoon. 

First, into a medium bowl add 1½ cups of all-purpose flour, 1 cup of sugar, ¼ cup of unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, and ½ teaspoon of salt. Mix all of these ingredients until well combined or you can also sift these ingredients. Then, in a measuring cup pour in 1 cup of cool water, 6 tablespoons of oil (preferably canola or extra light olive oil), 1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice or distilled white vinegar, and finally 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. You give the liquid ingredients a quick stir, then pour them into the dry ingredients. Stir all of the ingredients gently with a rubber spatula. When it is all combined, pour the mix into your 9-inch round cake pan. Then put your cake into your preheated 350 degree Fahrenheit oven for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. While your cake is baking, you can make your frosting.

To make your frosting you will need the following ingredients: powdered sugar, softened butter (not melted), unsweetened cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and milk. 

First, in a tall bowl (it doesn’t have to be a big bowl, just tall), add 2 tablespoons of softened to room temperature butter, 1 cup of powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon of the same unsweetened cocoa powder you used in your cake batter, and ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract. With an electric hand mixer, start mixing these ingredients. Then once they are incorporated, add milk (a little at a time), until it’s frosting consistency, which takes about 1-2 teaspoons. The most it could ever take is three. 

Once your cake is ready, cool it on a wire rack for about 10 minutes. Then, if you want to leave the cake in the pan just go ahead and frost it, but if you want to take it out of the pan, then you take a knife or something else that can loosen the cake from the sides. Then you turn the pan around carefully and place the cake on a rack. Finally, you can peel off the parchment paper, and there you have your chocolate cake. 

This cake is so easy to make, I really hope you try it. It is so delicious. Everything goes into one bowl. There aren’t too many ingredients or too many steps that you have to follow. Nothing is complicated. You can either make this delicious chocolate cake or have nothing for dessert.

Jorge Rocha – St. Laurence – DMSF

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