Lockdown Birthday: 5-Step Easy Classic Chocolate Cake Recipe
I know it's hard to celebrate your birthday under lockdown but the easiest way to bring a smile on your face is by dropping the word, Chocolate Cake! I can't remember a birthday without cake and that too, if it's chocolate it has to be all things decadent. There are so many recipes out there with only 3-ingredients to make a cake but it's your birthday & I don't want you to compromise on the taste! And, the best part is if you're a beginner at baking, this step-by-step recipe of the classic chocolate cake recipe is heavenly! I bet you wouldn't miss your favourite chocolate cake from your nearby bakery any more.
Sometimes a chocolate cake can get too heavy, rich or creamy but this chocolate cake recipe is tried and tested a million times. I've used this recipe to celebrate so many birthdays that I can happily say that this is the moisest, the most decadent chocolate cake I've made & that you'll ever try. I've got this recipe from Cafe Delites (after trying out their World's fudgiest brownies, I was sold) & it's fool-proof. Thank you!
Enough about me raving about this drool-worthy cake. Let me give you a few tips before we start baking.
You'll most likely need only two bowls for this recipe as it is a very mess-free process. It's all about mixing the dry ingredients with the wet ones and you have your batter ready. You might think that the list of ingredients is a little too much considering the lockdown but trust me the method is so easy that anyone can literally bake this cake! I've not cut the cake into layers but you could, to make it look just like the ones we get in the market, for which you'll also need more frosting (so double the quantity mentioned below if you're doing this step). But, for the beginners, this recipe is all you need & you can slather your ganache right on top of this single layer.
For the cake-
210 grams Maida
270 grams Sugar (you can add 40 gms more if you like it sweeter)
45 gms Cocoa Powder
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp Vanilla Essence
80 ml Oil (flavourless like canola or sunflower)
1 Egg (Replace the egg with 1/4th cup curd, as a substitution if not using an egg)
190 ml Milk
190 ml Instant Coffee Water (Mix 190 ml boiling water with 2 tsp of Instant Coffee)
250 grams Chopped Dark Chocolate (I've used Morde, but you can use Vanleer, Callebaut, 2M or any flavoured artisanal chocolate too)
Step 3: In another bowl, mix all the wet ingredients- Oil, egg, vanilla essence, milk & coffee water (make sure it is hot)
You can eat the cake as is or with some sweetened whipping cream on the side but we're going to double up the chocolate overdose with the decadent chocolate ganache.
1. In a pan, heat the cream until it comes to a boil.
2. Add in the chopped dark chocolate.
3. Whisk until you see no lumps in the ganache or silky. For a glossy look, you can add a dollop of butter to this mix.