Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Chocolate Cake – An old classic with a new twist!

It is my husband’s birthday today and I decided to bake him a cake. This recipe is a combination of a chocolate cake that my mother used to bake and a ‘Devil’s Food Cake’ recipe found on the packet of King Arthur Whole Wheat Flour. 
Whole wheat flour – 1 ½ cups (All purpose flour can be used too)
Cocoa powder – ½ cup
Baking powder – 1 ½ tsps
Brown Sugar – 1 cup + 2 tbsps (super fine white sugar/confectioner’s sugar will also work)
Milk – ½ cup
Vinegar – ½ tbsp
Olive oil – ¼ cup + 1 tbsp (any cooking oil/ 100 grams butter will do)
Coffee decoction / black coffee – ½ cup (optional)
Vanilla extract/essence – 1 tsp
Eggs – 2
Salt – 1 pinch
Add the vinegar to cold milk and keep aside. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Sieve together all the dry ingredients and place in a large mixing bowl. Pour in oil/melted butter and the milk (which will now be curdled) and mix well.  Add the vanilla, eggs and coffee and salt. If you do not want to use coffee, take 1 cup of milk instead of the ½ cup mentioned here. Coffee enhances the chocolate flavour and who wouldn’t like more chocolate right?
Mix well and pour into a greased cake pan. Tap the sides of the pan to release air bubbles, if any. Bake for 30-35 minutes. 
I followed the method but not the quantity.
Ingredients (makes 2 cups approx)
Butter or margarine – ½ cup (1 stick)
Cocoa powder – 2/3 cup
Powdered sugar – 3 cups
Milk – 1/3 cup
Vanilla extract – 1 tsp 
Melt the butter and stir in the cocoa. Add the powdered sugar and milk, alternatively, while beating the mixture. Beat until it forms a nice spreadable icing. Add a bit more milk if the icing feels stiff. Stir in vanilla. Slather the icing on the cake and make sure you refrigerate it else the icing will not solidify. 
I love the idea of serving fresh fruit with dessert, hence the strawberries on the plate. I used a bundt pan because I like the shape. You can of course use the pan of your choice. Bon Appétit. 


  1. that is surely something that we have to ake and indulge without guilt!!

  2. Yes, definitely. The cake has very little fat and there isn't too much try it and let us know!