This recipe from Flo Braker’s “The Simple Art of Perfect Baking” has never failed me!  If you are looking for rich in chocolate favour and light in texture, I highly recommend you give the following recipe a try.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (200 g) of sift cake flour — don’t sub with AP, you will not have the same texture!
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 cup (50 g) cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz) lukewarm water
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz) buttermilk (room temp)
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz)
  • 2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs (room temp)
  • 4 oz of unsalted butter (room temp)
  • 1 cup (200 g) granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (200 g) light brown sugar

Yes, this is a LOT of sugar.  But trust this recipe.  It really works out and the resulting cake is actually not too excessively sweet!

This recipe bake well in 9″ round cake pan as well as 13″ x 9″ rectangle cake pan.

Preparation:

  1. Pour the flour baking soda and salt (in that order) and sift flour a big piece of wax paper. set aside
  2. Place cocoa in a medium size mixing bowl, add 1/2 cup of lukewarm water – whisk to combine
  3. Pour buttermilk, 1/2 cup of water and vanilla extra in measuring cup
  4. Crack egg into small mixing bowl and light mix

Making Cake :

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350F
  2. Use paddle attache of your Kitchen Aid mixer, cream butter on medium speed for 30 to 45 second until smooth and lighter
  3. Gradually add sugar (white granulated sugar first then brown sugar).  Beat until light and fluffy – take around 5 to 7 minutes – be patient!
  4. Gradually pour egg t
  5. Step the mixer complete the rest of the step by hand with spatula
  6.  Sift & fold  in 1/3 of flour into batter
  7. Add 1/2 of the buttermilk + water
  8. Sift another 1/3 of flour into batter
  9. Add the rest of buttermilk + water
  10. Sift & fold all rest of flour
  11. Pour batter in prepared pan.  Bake 40 to 42 minutes or until cake taste come out clean

Opportunity with this simple and beautiful cake is endless.   Here is suggestion of using basic whipping cream and bountiful of fresh raspberries.

Those are the first and last food pictures I have taken from my Galaxy S3 which was snatched out of my hand last Friday :-(

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