Happy New year everyone, this is something to make sure that your year begins with sweet and sinful indulgence :)
There are a couple of things about this recipe that are worth mentioning. First, it does not contain eggs. Second, this cake uses unsweetened (natural) cocoa powder (not processed) which has an intense bitter flavour that makes it well suited for use in this chocolate cake.Third, we also add a little lemon juice (or vinegar) to the batter, which causes a reaction between the cocoa powder and the lemon juice giving the baked cake a distinctly red tinge (reminiscent of a Red Velvet Cake). And lastly, while I have used melted butter, you could substitute even a vegetable oil.
For Chocolate Cake:
1 1/2 cups (195 grams) refined flour (Maida)
1 cup (200 grams) granulated white sugar
1/4 cup (25 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder sifted
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup (75 grams) unsalted butter melted
1 cup (240 ml) warm water
1 tablespoon lemon juice(or vinegar)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
For Chocolate Frosting:
170 grams semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
3/4 cup (180 ml) heavy cream(35% butterfat)
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, room temperature
Serves 8 - 10 people.
Chocolate Cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and place rack in center of oven.
In an ungreased 8 inch (20 cm) square cake pan, stir together the flour, sugar, sifted cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Add the melted butter, water, lemon juice, and vanilla extract. With a fork, mix all the ingredients together until well blended.
Bake in preheated oven for about 30 minutes, or until the cake springs back when lightly pressed and a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool.
Frosting: Place the chopped chocolate, cream, and butter in a heatproof bowl. Place over a saucepan of simmering water and melt until smooth. Remove from heat and let stand at room temperature until it is of pouring consistency. Then pour the frosting over the cooled cake. Let stand until frosting has thickened.