Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The 1 Bowl + 1 Pot = 2 Good To Be So Easy Chocolate Cake

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This is an easy one bowl cake that can be dusted with powered sugar and served as is, or you can go the extra step and make the chocolate glaze. I have served it both ways - both are good.

Cake:
Adapted from Better Homes & Gardens, One Bowl Chocolate Cake

1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk
1/3 cup cooking oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 inch round cake pan with cooking spray (or grease and flour if you prefer).

In a large bowl mix all dry ingredients together. Add all wet ingredients and beat for 2 minutes. Pour batter into prepared pan.

Bake 30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.

Cool cake 10 minutes, turn out onto a wire rack and let cake cool completely. Dust with powdered sugar, or coat with frosting/glaze (recipe below).

Glaze:
Adapted from the Thick Chocolate Glaze recipe found in The Joy of Chocolate by Judith Olney

2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
2 tablespoons hot water
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/8 teaspoon salt (pinch)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 or so tablespoons powdered sugar (depends on consistency)

In small pot, combine chocolate, sugar, corn syrup and hot water. Whisk over low heat until smooth - let the mixture come to a slow boil and boil for 3 minutes. Take mixture off heat and stir in butter, salt, vanilla and powdered sugar. Stir until cooled slightly and mixture is a good spreading consistency. It is a glaze so it will not be thick like a typical frosting. Use a knife or and off set spatula to cover the sides first (some of it will drip down) then cover the top with the remaining glaze. The glaze will remin soft - it will not harden and become stiff, but it will set up.

Notes:
  • Try to use good cocoa - actually, Hershey's Special Dark is pretty good and not as expensive as the others.
  • Same goes for the chocolate in the frosting - the better the chocolate, the better it tastes.
  • If you are not a purist when it comes to your chocolate cake, you could brush the cake with some seedless raspberry preserves before glazing it.
Don't forget to head back to the Dessert Carnival to check out the rest of the festivities (click on the picture).

26 comments:

Sue said...

Heather,
Ah, one of your delicious cakes! I missed the dessert carnival but have enjoyed finding all the yummy desserts from bloggers around the world.
Hugs,
Sue

PEA said...

I love anything with chocolate so you sure have put the perfect recipe for me! lol It sounds and looks so delicious, I will definitely be trying it out!! Thank you so much for sharing your dessert with us:-) xo

Sophee-a Laroo Bijoux and Sheri too said...

I could eat the whole thing. I was not so creative but I do have a cute poem to celebrate the day!

Thimbleanna said...

Oh Yum!!! That looks fabulous!!! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

Beverly said...

This looks positively sinful, and really, really want some right this minute.

Creating Myself said...

Beautiful, easy & chocolate? Oh my! There is a heaven on earth!

Janet said...

Maybe with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream? I find that you can never be too decadent :-)

Janet

Julie said...

I have one word...and I am not even certain it is a real word...

YUMMO!

katiedid said...

OMG! YuuuuHuuuummm!

Kari & Kijsa said...

This sounds unbelievably fabulous!!

kari & kijsa

Kathy said...

YUM! I'll bring my own plate, if I can come eat at your house! LOL

When you said DARK chocolate that made it even better for me! I LOVE dark chocolate! LOL

Susie Q said...

So, so good and pretty too!
I copied it right down to make. Thank you so much for sharing!

Hugs,
Sue

Cottage At Dove Canyon said...

Looks awesome - this is going on my "must try" list!

Kathryn said...

Oh yum! That looks like heaven! Thanks for the recipe!

Kari (GrannySkywalker) said...

If I see one more dessert tonight, I'm going to BURST! But this one looks pretty darn good. And sounds easy enough for me to do. Better yet, it sounds easy enough for me to talk MY KIDS into doing...yeah, that's the ticket....lol

Kari

CIELO said...

Have a Happy Mother's Day, sweetie....

Hugs

Cielo

MKHKKH said...

This is not going to help with the weight loss after the baby! :)

Terri said...

That looks GREAT! I will be checking this out very soon.
Thanks!
Terri

Mirre said...

Mmmmm, that cake looks delicious!!

Sophia said...

Hi,
I love your blog and I'm going to have to try this recipe! It looks gggooooddd.

Julie said...

SHUT EYES....DON'T LOOK....CAN'T READ....

What are you trying to do to me? I am going to the beech in one week!

CIELO said...

Would you like to play again??? The house in the roses is having a "Show Me Your Garden Party" and would love to see you participate... come see

cielo

katiedid said...

Hey girl! Where are you?!?! I hope all is OK. I miss my favorite family.

Kari (GrannySkywalker) said...

Hey, Heather. I know you're way busy right now. Just wanted to stop by and say hello. I've been thinking about you!

Kari

Leeann said...

Hi Heather,

Just wanted to let you know that I miss you!

I hope you and your sweet little family are doing well.

xo,
Leeann and the frat boy

Thimbleanna said...

Just another e-mail from a reader who misses you. Hope everything is ok!