Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Chocolate Fudge Cake

Whenever I look through recipes whether online or in bookstores, I'll naturally gravitate towards recipes that seem a little different in the ingredients used or the methods of cooking or baking. I don't know why but trying such recipes gave me a great sense of satisfaction, even if they don't turn out well, because at least I've tried and if they didn't turn out well, I will keep trying a few times. If I still don't get it, I'll move on... :p

The hubster has been observing this 'habit' of trying a little bit above simpler cooking and baking recipes that he commented this: " shouldn't u try to make ur life simpler and easier?" *Chuckles* For the record, I don't try complex recipes all the time. I don't.

This recipe caught my attention as it uses chilled water. I mean, how interesting is that! I've just got to try it!

Here are my choc fudge cakes! The cake turns out soft. It isn't as dense and rich like some cakes are. The icing is just yummylicious and chocolicious, complementing the cake very well.

I got the recipe from here.

The recipe is from who else, but the domestic goddess herself, Nigella Lawson.
I used the American conversion as I prefer to measure the ingredients in terms of cups i.e 1 or 1/2 or 3/4, the likes.

American Ingredient Conversions:
2 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated or superfine sugar
1/3 cup light muscavado or light brown sugar
1/4 cup best quality cocoa powder
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
3 eggs
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sour cream
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1/2 cup corn oil
1 1/3 cups chilled water

For the Fudge Icing:
3/4 cup (6 ounces) dark bittersweet chocolate, minimum 70% cocoa solids
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 3/4 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
For the Cake:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 C).

Butter and line the bottom of two round 8-inch (20cm) cake pans.

In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugars, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In another bowl or wide-necked measuring jug whisk together the eggs, sour cream and vanilla until blended.

Using a free-standing or hand held electric mixer, beat together the melted butter and corn oil until just blended (you’ll need another large bowl for this if using the hand whisk; the free-standing mixer comes with its own bowl), then beat in the water. Add the dry ingredients all at once and mix together on a slow speed.

Add the egg mixture, and mix again until everything is blended and then pour into the prepared pans. And actually, you could easily do this manually; I just like my toys and find the Kitchen Aid a comforting presence in itself.

Bake the cakes for 45-50 minutes, or until a cake-tester comes out clean. Cool the cakes in their pans on a wire rack for 15 minutes, and then turn the cakes out onto the rack to cool completely.

To Make the Icing:
Melt the chocolate in the microwave for 2-3 minutes on medium should do it, or in a bowl sitting over a pan of simmering water, and let cool slightly.

In another bowl, beat the butter until it's soft and creamy (again, I use the Kitchen Aid here) and then add the sifted congectioners' sugar and beat again until everything's light and fluffy. I know sifting is a pain, the one job in the kitchen I really hate, but you have to do it or the icing will be unsoothingly lumpy. Then gently add the vanilla and chocolate, and mix together until everything is glossy and smooth.

Sandwich the middle of the cake with about a quarter of the icing, and then ice the top and sides, too, spreading and smoothing with a rubber spatula.

(Serves 10 or 1 with a broken heart.)

Makes 10 servings.

Source: Nigella Bites: From Family Meals to Elegant Dinners -- Easy, Delectable Recipes for Any Occasion By Nigella Lawson, Francesca Yorke, Photographer. Publisher: Hyperion; ISBN: 0786868694; 1st edition (October 16, 2002)

This recipe is definitely a keeper. :)

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