Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Classic Chocolate Cake

Hi everyone, I hope you have all been keeping well. I know I have virtually disappeared from the virtual world. Concerned friends - bless your hearts - have been asking why I haven't been on Twitter, Facebook or email. It's simple: something's got to give. I have been so stressed with my daily routine and new challenges, I haven't had time to eat proper meals ... let alone cook, bake or blog. And I foresee it will be this way for a while, unfortunately. I'll still blog, although not as regularly. But I promise that as soon as I get my stuff sorted out, I'll be back. You can hold me to that. :)

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I baked this Classic Chocolate Cake some time ago. I wanted a recipe which called for melted chocolate, and realised that there weren't that many available - most use cocoa powder. So eventually, I nailed it down to 2 - one from Taste and the other from Donna Hay. Eventually, Taste won because Donna's recipe required almond meal, which I didn't have enough of. Also, her instructions were rather sketchy, and I get nervous whenever I'm unsure.

Anyway, the thing is, I can't tell you if the cake was good because I didn't eat it. No, it's true - I was really too exhausted to eat. My family did say it was nice, though ... there were no leftovers. But then, we never have leftovers whenever I bake chocolate cakes! So, the question is, do you trust their judgement?

Serves 8

- 1 1/3 cups (200g) plain flour
- 2 tbsp cocoa
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 200g good-quality dark chocolate, chopped
- 225g unsalted butter, softened, chopped
- 1 cup (220g) caster sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 cup (125ml) milk

* Note: I used Valrhona cocoa powder and Valrhona Equatoriale 55% for this cake. I also halved the measurements.

1. Preheat the oven to 160°C. Grease and line a 24cm round springform cake pan.
- I used a 20cm cake pan ... which explains why the cake looks so pathetically short. Perhaps an 18cm pan would have been better.

2. Sift the flour, cocoa, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl. Set aside.

3. Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water (don't let bowl touch water). Cool slightly.

4. Beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. With beaters on medium speed, add vanilla, then add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Pour in cooled chocolate and beat until well combined. Beat in a third of sifted ingredients, followed by a third of the milk. Repeat until all ingredients are incorporated, beating until smooth.

5. Pour mixture into the pan and bake for 45-55 minutes until risen and a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Cool in the pan on a rack for 10 minutes, then invert onto rack to cool completely.
- If you are halving the measurements, check for doneness at around 30mins.

6. To serve, spread the icing over the top and sides of the cake using a hot palette knife, then decorate with chocolate curls.
- I opted for Donna Hay's Chocolate Fudge Icing instead. See the recipe below.

Chocolate Fudge Icing
(from Donna Hay)

- 250g dark chocolate, chopped
- 1/2 cup (125ml) pouring (single) cream
- 70g butter, chopped

1. For the chocolate fudge icing, place the chocolate, cream and butter in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and stir until melted and smooth. Remove and set aside to cool completely.

2. Beat in an electric mixer until thick and fluffy. Spread icing on the cooled cake. Serves 10.

Note: Again, I halved the measurements and it was actually more than enough for the cake. However, I noticed that no matter how hard I tried, the icing just couldn't be fluffed! I don't know where I went wrong but eventually, the consistency remained quite runny, as you can see from the photos ... so I poured it onto the cake and left it at that. Ah well, it was for home consumption anyway.


  1. You didn't even take a nibble?

    It's beautiful:) I love the whisk shot too.
    You're so good.
    I hope all is well..
    It's not like you to pass up cake.x

  2. If u wanna de-stress, u know who to call. ;)

    Beautiful cake, Ju. Chocolate cake FTW! xx

  3. Hahah nice! I trust people who leave no leftovers :)

  4. How could you resist not taking a single bite? Anyhow, anythign with chocolate must taste good right?! You just can't go wrong! I was wonderign where you had disappeared to as I didn't see you on Twitter. All ok?

  5. the chocolate cake look good,yum yum

  6. Your cake looks so moist.
    Baking is a very good de-stressing activity. At least that's what I do all the time!

  7. Beautiful and looks yummy! I hope to see you back on bloggin soon.

  8. I think my friend made this as well!

  9. Cheers Ju, keep looking after yourself with chocolate cake! :)

  10. Gorgeous! I can't believe you didn't have any though! I am looking to make a chocolate cake for my boyfriend's birthday on Saturday and am considering the Donna Hay recipe, but this looks great too! I love the icing and how shiny it is.

  11. Wow, this chocolate slice is so beautiful. Can tell it is soft and light . Mmmmm....

  12. Hope you get your groove back.

    Because it is Ju's chocolate cake, a stamp of quality! How can there be leftovers anytime? :)

    Take care and rest well.

  13. Your pic was so inspiring that I went home and made it last night. I had the opposite problem. My only cake pan is tiny and I ended up with a tall cake and not enough frosting for filling and covering. It was 2am when I could finally frost the cake so I didn't mind a runny ganache :)still looked good. Thanks for sharing!

  14. OMG delicious.. this looks delicious.. I love your pictures!

  15. Looks great! Was just thinking of baking a chocolate cake! Will try your recipe! Thanks!

  16. The chocolate cake is so rich. Ha whenever i see a recipe like this, i would think twice about using unless im as thin as u.. Lol. Btw,I really like these few photos of yours with a little pink object at the background. :)

  17. This looks like a gorgeous, perfect chocolate cake!

  18. Beautiful cake...
    I have missed you ! But I know exactly how you feel...real life really cramps our style doesn't it? Some things absolutely do gotta give...

  19. lovely and simple chocolate cake. i like it! more your life stablises soon

  20. can we use an 8inch cake pan for this recipe?

    Pon Pon =)

  21. Gorgeous cake... and boy, do I understand. It's amazing that people do multiple posts a week... I don't have a clue how they do it –– bless their hearts. I hope what's going on in your life is good and will enrich your life. I think all your readers appreciate what you do... quality not quantity!

  22. oh dear, hope things r better for you now? It's ok! I'm looking forward to awesome bakes from you when u r back. ;) Meantime, savouring the beautiful chocolate cake- and I love too!!!

  23. Looks delicious!

    Hope things will get settle down soon and you can bog frequently.

    Blogging is never easy, take up a lot of time. But I wanna just say your blog is great and it makes me keep coming back! Jiayou!

  24. Take your time ... ;o) Meanwhile, I'll try this scrumptious chocolate cake ...

  25. Ju, hopefully everything is good with you! I am in the same boat, so busy and tiring...

  26. Such a simple but perfect chocolate cake. What more can a girl ask for more? Ju, you are the place I go to for cakes! You are the cake master :)

  27. Hi Ju

    Great and enjoy reading your food diary :P

  28. I am just back from my trip so I didn't notice you were gone - because I was gone too! I am sorry to hear that you are so stressed out ... I hope by the time I am writing this you are feeling a bit better. And of course I believe your family! I am sure this cake was to-die-for. Next time make sure to save yourself a slice!

  29. omg, this looks delicious! I wish i can eat all that you have cooked and baked!

    Hope that you are less busy now =)

  30. take care, rest well. The cake looks stunning!

  31. Hi

    Just to share that I learnt that we have to whip the cream till fluffy then add the melted choc & butter. So perhaps give this a try, cheers!


  32. Perfettamente riuscita questatorta, complimenti!! Ne gradirei volentieri una fettina. Ciao Daniela.

  33. amaizing cake and amaizing pictures!

  34. that actually looks like lana chocolate cake!

  35. cake looks so delicious. and the pictures are good.

  36. Ju,

    may i ask what cream you use?

    Btw with the chocolate and butter, there is no way to fluff it.

    So you got to fluff the cream first, then pour the melted chocolate and butter in, if im not wrong.

  37. Una torta favolosa, bella ed invitante. Un abbraccio Daniela.

  38. hi ... would like to try your choc cake recipe

    may i know what is the difference in taste/texture - between this recipe and the one you posted earlier?

  39. Hi, I am new to baking. May I know which brand/model of electric oven are you using? Thank you very much.:))

  40. Made this last night, with a couple of changes. I used half whole wheat flour, brown sugar instead of white, and made a layer cake out of it. As is my custom, I tore 2 punets worth of of raspberries up (I ripped the berries down one side to create a somewhat flat thing) and arranged them in the centre layer of the cake. It cuts any sort of cloying richness a chocolate cake might have. I also made the frosting with double cream, and whipped ithe cream by hand into medium peaks before folding it with the melted chocolate and butter and whipping it some more. Great cake. I feel so proud of myself. My father ate a huge slice, and he HATES cake - it that isn't any indication of how good it is, I don't know what is.

  41. I was looking for a simple sponge like cake to make for my dad's birthday. After making two failed sponge cakes, I was kinda feeling demotivated.. until i saw your recipe. Your recipe has really been a lifesaver! Thank you so much... the cake was awesome. Everyone enjoyed it.

  42. It's so good it's better than eating chocolate. But my cake turned out crumbly it's difficult to cut.

  43. hihi, may i know what brand of pouring cream u are using? ^^ thankss!

    1. Hi Amanda, I am not partial to any brand. I usually get whatever is available at Phoon Huat, as long as it's 100% dairy and has a minimum 35% fat. :)

  44. I made this cake recently for my husband's birthday. It was just great! He loved it :) Thanks :)