For those of you who may be thinking that I have forgotten how to bake, never fear, I am back!!
Today I baked for the first time since my surgery - 4 weeks of no baking!! I made a special cake for a very special occasion today, but I can't reveal any more about it just now, except to say that it started with my rich, moist, dark chocolate cake. Update: The cake is now revealed! - to see it, click here :)
This is by far my favourite chocolate sponge recipe, and it disappears in seconds every time I make it. It works well as the base for many cakes, like black forrest, fudge, death by chocolate and ice cream; it works well with buttercream, ganache, cream and marshmallow, but it can also be eaten on its own, and is delicious with custard! This is the perfect chocolate sponge for simpler celebration cakes and can be tiered, if well supported - I have done 3 tiers successfully. It is no good, however for carved cakes (although it can be torted quite thinly if you are careful), and can crack and collapse if the icing and decorations get too weighty (don't ask how I know...)
So, here is my recipe for you to try. Click here to download the pdf for printing. I have also included a step-by-step photo tutorial below.
Makes two layer 9” cake.
3 cups Flour
3 cups Sugar
1 cup and 2 TBSP Cocoa
3 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp salt
3 Large Eggs
1 1/2 cups Buttermilk
1 1/4 cups Oil
2 tsp Vanilla
1 1/2 cups Boiling Water
Preheat oven to 145ºC
Line and grease two 9” round cake tins.
Combine dry ingredients, in mixer bowl.
My little helper :)
Add the eggs, buttermilk, oil and vanilla, and beat at medium speed until JUST combined.
Benefit to being the helper ;)
Add the boiling water and mix immediately by hand until the batter is smooth (don’t over mix).
Pour into the two prepared 9” cake tins. Tap tins once, firmly on the counter to reduce large bubbles in the mix.
Bake for 60 mins, until the cake just begins to pull away from the sides of the tin, and a skewer inserted comes out clean.
Allow to cool in the tins for 10 minutes, then turn out onto cooling racks.
Once the cakes are completely cool, tops can be levelled (if necessary) and cakes can be filled, stacked and decorated.