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A Simple & Delicious Chocolate Cake With Ganache Recipe

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Last weekend, in addition to Memorial Day, we celebrated a birthday.  I love to make cakes, but admit that sometimes I can easily talk myself out of doing it.  Elaborate recipes, mixers, and utensils, can sound like a lot of work when you're short on time.  In walks my favorite chocolate cake recipe. It requires nothing more than a whisk, that's right.  The ganache is equally easy to make and it is yummy!


I like to serve it warm while it's still oozy and delicious, but it's also good chilled and reheated. You can add a scoop of ice cream if you wish, but believe me, this cake can stand on its own.


Recipe from Martha Stewart

CAKE

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder (I use Ghiradelli)
1 cup sugar
2/3 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon white vinegar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Spray an 8" round pan with cooking spray and line the bottom with parchment paper.  I make an outline and cut it to fit.

In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, sugar, baking soda, and salt.

In a measuring cup, whisk together the milk, vinegar, eggs, oil, and vanilla.  Pour into the flour mixture.  Mix gently with a spatula until just combined.  Pour the cake batter into the prepared cake pan and bake 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Remove from oven and place on a cooling rack for about 10 minutes before turning out.  Cool completely before glazing with ganache.

GANACHE

1/2 heavy cream
4 ounces chopped, semisweet chocolate ( I used Ghiradelli)

Heat cream in a small saucepan until bubbles form around the edges.  Add the chocolate and remove from heat and cover.  Let ganache rest for about 5 minutes, until the chocolate has melted, then whisk until smooth.  Pour warm ganache over the top of the cake.  Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

2 comments:

  1. You had me at simple and delicious Rene! My family loves chocolate and this looks yummy. As much as I do love to try the challenge of an electorate cake recipe I find these days that simple with fewer steps works best for me! I can't wait to try this.

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    1. Oh yes! I'm all about simple these days. I hope your family loves it Allison!

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