One of the most classic desserts that is acceptable in almost every situation is the eternal chocolate cake. It’s simple and extremely popular – in fact, almost everybody has, once in his/her life, tasted a piece of it. Who wouldn’t want a taste of scrumptious, heavenly chocolate? Research has said that eating chocolate is linked to the brain releasing happy neurotransmitters, therefore increasing the elated feeling we get when eating chocolate. Making a cake nowadays isn’t limited to the rich and resourceful anymore – with the chocolate cake’s high flexibility, it only takes a minimum amount of time and ingredients with a dash of imagination.
Chocolate have been around for about two hundred and fifty years, with Dr. James Baker’s discovery – grinding cocoa beans to create chocolate. But chocolate cakes were not made commercial until the 1930s; up until then, all chocolate recipes were for chocolate drinks only. Since then, there’s been a vast array of choices for different kinds of chocolate cakes, some of which are Devil’s food cake, Black Forest, Chocolate Souffle, Garasch, Sachertorte and the traditional layered chocolate cake. You can also opt to add infused chocolates and exotic flavors into your mix, such as wine, fruits, nuts, even red pepper! Cake-making with chocolate has become a lucrative experimental business in itself.
You might think baking cakes is a thing reserved only for licensed and experienced patisseries, but with the following simple steps, you might find yourself enjoying a hearty chocolate cake dessert with your family. The ingredients are simple, although of course using high quality ingredients is necessary for better cakes, it’s not always the best choice regarding the money you might spend. The ingredients for our simple chocolate cake include: 1/2 cup self-raising flour; 1/2 cup fine sugar; 2 Tbsp cocoa; a pinch of salt; 1/4 cup melted butter; 1/2 cup milk; an egg and a little dash of vanilla. These ingredients you can easily find in almost every supermarket, so collecting them will not be a problem. Looking for reasonably-priced but good quality ingredients is a challenge to all starting bakers.
Preheat the oven to 350ï° F, grease and flour the pan, preferably a 7 inch cake pan. After doing so, mix the above ingredients in the said order. Beat the mixture well for at least two minutes and pour the finished mix into the greased pan. Set the baking time from 35 to 40 minutes, after which, test the cake with a toothpick to see if it’s already well done. If the toothpick comes out clean, then your cake is good and raring to go!
Decorating the cake from here on would be up to your imagination. Fancy a chocolate cake with chocolate icing or a contrasting flavor? Or you can bake some more cakes like this and stack them together for a layered chocolate cake. Try adding fruits on your decoration line up – strawberries or mangoes plus some whipped cream on top. More importantly, gifting your loved ones with a cake you made yourself sends out the message of love.