Friday, October 23, 2009

Rich Chocolate Cake

So I logged in to find that my blog crossed its 100,000th unique page view today :) Thank you, dear readers. I hope you enjoyed reading my posts as much as I enjoyed writing them.

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Anyway, I was just telling Sophie (who hails from Belgium) that my aunt went to Brussels last week and came back with all types of chocolate imaginable. I was on cloud 9 when she passed me a huge bag of Belgian chocolate. Belgian chocolate!!! Oh, happy day ...

Naturally, I started pondering my options: Chocolate cake? Chocolate pudding? Chocolate bread?

Eventually the decision was made by my daughter. She wanted a chocolate cake, "with no peanut butter", as a compensation for the Peanut Butter Chocolate Ganache cake I made recently, which she didn't like.

Since I had dark chocolate in my stash, I settled on this Rich Chocolate Cake recipe. With a name like that, it's hard to resist ;) Not surprisingly, it was a very "grown-up" chocolate cake, thanks to the dark chocolate. I was wondering if my girl would like it? I watched as she sampled her first few bites of the cake ... and when her crumbed-coated lips curled into a gleeful smile, I knew that I had redeemed myself ;)

Rich Chocolate Cake
Sorry folks, but this is the only good pic of the cake I've got. It was not properly cooled and with my daughter persistently asking for cake, I unmoulded it against my better judgement. It cracked :( But still, look at that deep earthy colour! You'll only get this when you use good quality chocolate.

Recipe
(from here)
- 200g good-quality dark chocolate, chopped
- 200g butter, softened
- 1 cup dark brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 eggs, at room temperature
- 1 1/2 cups self-raising flour
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup milk
- chocolate curls or shavings (optional) - to make chocolate curls, run a clean potato peeler down the side of a block of chocolate, allowing curls to fall onto a plate.

Chocolate icing (which I omitted)
- 200g good-quality dark chocolate, chopped
- 1/2 cup thickened cream


1. Preheat oven to 170°C. Grease and line base and side of a 6cm deep, 22cm (base) round cake pan.

2. Place chocolate in a heatproof, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave, uncovered, on MEDIUM (50%) for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring every minute with a metal spoon, until almost melted. Stir until smooth. Set aside for 10 minutes to cool.

3. Using an electric mixer, cream butter, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each addition. Add melted chocolate. Beat until well combined. Sift flour and cocoa together. Fold half the flour mixture into butter mixture. Add half the milk. Stir gently to combine. Repeat with remaining flour mixture and milk. Spoon into prepared pan. Smooth surface. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.

4. Stand cake in pan for 15 minutes. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Spread icing over top and side. Top with chocolate curls, if using. Serve.

5. To make chocolate icing: Combine chocolate and cream in a heatproof, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave, uncovered, on MEDIUM-HIGH (70%) for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring every minute with a metal spoon, until almost melted. Stir until smooth. Set aside for 30 minutes or until thick enough to spread.

35 comments:

  1. It still looks so good!!! You're a perfectionist!

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  2. Complimenti per il tuo blog, leggerlo per me è molto interessante e piacevole, sono interessata ed attratta dalla cultura e tradizioni del tuo mondo.Complimenti anche per questa torta è favolosa, comprendo perfettamente la tua bimba che non poteva aspettare che la torta si raffreddasse. Un abbraccio Daniela.

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  3. Congratulation on your achievement, and you are reserved for this.
    This chocolate look really rich, my family members especially my hubby love chocolate very much, I must bake this for him. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Je suis d'origine belge et leur chocolat est un vrai délice, ton gâteau aussi, encore un que je note et que je vais essayer de faire bientôt

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  5. Looks great! I always can't resist warm freshly baked cake too...Forget about taking nice pics ; ))

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  6. Oh wow. the deep colour of the chocolate really makes me feel like I want to take a bite! The cake looks so moist!! Well done! :)

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  7. And I was going to say what a perfectly gorgeous moist cake!!!

    100,00 people?
    I am glad I am one of them:)

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  8. I think your chocolate cake looks deep and dark in flavour and the cracking all certainly makes it look like fudgey brownies. It looks like flavour will gets better over days but I doubt you can keep it around for that long with your daughter around :p

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  9. Mmm, I just had chocolate cake yesterday, but I could definitely eat more!

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  10. Dark chocolate and cocoa together are my favorite combination. The cocoa adds so much depth to any chocolate recipe.

    Gorgeous cake!

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  11. Yayyy!! Congrats on reaching the 100K mark! Here's to many, many more. That Choc cake looks great. I'm a great fan of belgian choc but i prefer using it in desserts like mousse etc or just eating it plain! LOL!

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  12. Wow, that is one awesome looking cake! It looks so chocolatey and moist!

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  13. oh yum!! Looks so chocolatey. You lucky girl! having an aunt who gives you chocolate :)))

    100,000th WOW! :)))

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  14. hello teochew !! whouah I love these cakes !! this one is gorgeaous !!
    and if you like creme brulee come and visit my blog !! cheers Pierre

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  15. This looks so rich and moist! I'm a chocolate addict!

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  16. Congratulations! Quel délicieux cake.

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  17. congrats on your 100k!
    soon to be 1m :)
    and yes, i wouldnt be able to resist that name too - rich chocolate cake.
    with your picture, on top of that. mmmm.

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  18. Congrats on your 100,000 Little T!
    You are the cake queen! That looks to die for. I am still sitting on my chocolate that my boys brought me back from Brussels in July...I better get using it soon!
    L~xo

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  19. Congrats!! 100k and more to come!! Very yummy looking chocolate cake :)

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  20. Congratulations to the 100,000th page view miss teochew. your rich chocolate cake looks so so yummy, I like brown sugar as ingredient...

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  21. It looks very moist, rich and delicious to me :-)

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  22. Congrats on reaching the 100k mark! The chocolate cake looks really good; you've got me just by the name :D

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  23. Your cake looks really rich and inviting. Hurray and congrats on the 100k milestone! :)

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  24. your choc cake look rich and moist!! wanna a piece pls..now I realise I never bake any rich choc cake b4...afraid of getting messy with the topping I guess..but looking at your rich and divine cake make me want to bake one right now! haha! good inspiration:)

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  25. MMMMMMMMMMMM,...Ju!!! Your chocolate cake looks fabulous!! Finally, wich choclate did you use for this cake?? I am just curious!!

    Your daughter is right, I also don't like peanut butter,...

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  26. nothing beats a choc cake.
    There are thousands of recipe out there..
    Urs looks simple and yummy.

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  27. Oh I love chocolate cakes, and I love them even more if they are rich in chocolate! :) Thanks for recipe!

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  28. The cake looks super moist and delicious! I adore chocolate!

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  29. Congrats on the milestone! the cake looks moist and rich, which I look for in a chocolate cake.

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  30. Hey Ju!!

    I also use Callebaut, most of the time!! i aslo like its taste & it isn't expensive,..

    Sometimes, I use Coté D'Or!!

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  31. THANK YOU, everyone for your lovely words.

    chapot: Ah! Belgian in origin ... I didn't know ;)

    Sophie: Hahaha! What a coincidence! Belgian chocolates rock!

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  32. Hi Litte Teochew!
    This looks great! :) Just wondering - how long does this cake for? Ie. Is it still nice and moist the next day?

    Thanks! :)
    Elizabeth

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  33. hi Ju...thanx for posting this recipe..i made this already n it is my type of cake as well...love it! thanx again...

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