Tuesday, October 23, 2007

The Chocolate Cake of My Childhood

Looking at my finished product, one could never tell that this baking adventure was pretty much a disaster. The batter overflowed, spilled on the oven floor, caught fire and almost tripped my fire alarm!

I started out fine. The batter tasted really good and I was in high spirits as I put the cake pan in the oven. But 15 minutes into the baking, I saw that the batter was rising higher than I expected and so I hurriedly slipped cookie sheets underneath the cake pan to catch the batter drippings. I thought I had averted the disaster but it wasn't enough. The batter dripped out of the the cookie sheets too! The batter spilled onto on the oven floor and caught fire. So I had to find a way to wipe it off. I decided to use wet paper towels and used my BBQ tongs to reach in. Of course, as soon as the paper towels touched the heating elements, they ignited and I had to run to the sink to douse them with water! So there I was, trying my best not to keep the oven door open too long so my cake could bake properly but at the same time trying to get all of the spilled batter cleaned up and prevent things from catching fire. Whew! The lengths we go to for chocolate cake, eh?

In the end, despite everything, the cake turned out fine. More than fine, actually. The edges were a tad bit over cooked but the center was chocolatey and tender. I really liked the frosting, even though I wasn't expecting much from the recipe. This recipe will see a repeat performance, but I'm going to use a bigger cake pan. And I will have a fire extinguisher nearby.

Chocolate Cake

1 1/2 cups butter, room temperature
3 cups sugar
3 eggs
3 1/4 cups cake flour
3/4 tsp. salt
3/4 cup cocoa powder (not dutch processed)
1 tbsp. baking powder
1 tbsp. baking soda
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup water
1 tbsp. white vinegar
3/4 cup boiling water

1. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
2. Add eggs one at a time until incorporated.
3. Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, sift together flour, salt, cocoa, baking powder and baking soda. In another bowl, whisk mayo, milk, water and vinegar together.
4. Add the dry ingredients alternating with wet ingredients to the butter, starting and ending with the dry. I did 3 batches of dry and 2 batches of wet.
5. Add boiling water last and mix batter until smooth.
6. Bake in a 13x9 pan (that's what the original recipe called for, but keep my (mis)adventure in mind) in a 350 oven for 50-60 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted in the middle comes out clean.
7. Cool in pan and invert onto a serving tray.
8. Frost with chocolate frosting.

Chocolate Frosting

3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2 tbsp. cornstarch
1 cup milk
1 tbsp. butter

1. In a saucepan, whisk ingredients together until there are not lumps.
2. Heat over low-medium fire until mixture begins to thicken.
3. Remove from heat and add butter.
4. Whisk occasionally until mixture cools.

I'm going to try this next time with a caramel layer in the middle of the cake. Just like the "Cookie Monster" chocolate cake of my childhood.


chin said...

buti nalang masarap yung cake. hahahahaha. ang palpak mo! hahahahaha =)

padala ka naman ng mga niluluto mo dito. trade tayo. padalhan ka namin ng dried tuyo, padala ka dito ng chocolate cake and blueberry cheesecake stuffs.

Anonymous said...

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s.j.simon said...

lol. did you know that chocolate was banned in switzerland for many years. read this

arpee lazaro said...

i'll try your chocolate cake recipe one of these days. it looks really good!

btw, thanks for visiting my site and giving me that extra trivia tidbit on chocolate. it felt good to know something most people don't, hehe.

Carol said...

Banned chocolate! Egads! What a horrifying thought ... life without chocolate. I'd shrivel up and expire, whimpering pathetically, "C h o c o l a t e ....."

silken said...

looks delicious! and a caramel layer in the middle....oooohhhh!

thanks for stopping by my place...

quilly-cooks said...

Sounds yummy, but seems like a lot of work. I'd much rather skip the "catching the kitchen on fire" part, if you don't mind.

Amy said...

HI there , thx for the info on swiss was banned from chocolate.. lol.. i really have no idea on that.. anyway, your chocolate cake looks yummy!!

Christine said...

Ohhhh, this looks delicious. Yummy!

Karen Appleton said...

oooh this chocolate cake looks good enough to paint ;)
Thanks for stopping by my blog, I'll never see chocolate the same again!

Cakespy said...

That cake looks really, really good!

Sam said...

it is such incidents which make the beautiful tasks of baking a chocolate cake memorable.. something u r gng to laugh abt for quite sometime!! :) i guess.... ;)

Nazneen Yasin said...

Thanks for the bit of info on my blog :D

I did read the link to the banning of chocolate - though why an asphrodisiac would be banned still baffles me!

swexie said...

wow!! i love chocolates... my mom makes good chocolate cakes... (--,)

willow sprite said...

Just so you know, this post is copied on someone else's site. http://sahilsimon.blogspot.com/

chewsome said...

so i've always wondered (and hopefully you could explain it to me)... what is the difference between cocoa powder that is dutch processed and not dutch processed?

OLGUIS said...

What a great cake.

Namee said...

Hi, the cake looks great and I'm glad it tasted great despite the 'challenges.' I just saw your question on my blog re the recipe, you're right though, you just need to use a bigger cake pan. Happy cooking!

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