Making chocolate cake is a pleasure not just for kids but also for adults. It is one of the universal favorites and making it can certainly give you an edge and flair when hosting certain occasions. Except for the rare few who are allergic to chocolate, chocolate cakes can only cause you a better mood, as attested by scientific researches on endorphin hormones which come in larger proportions from chocolate. The endorphin rush can also be attained by having fun in creating your own chocolate cake.
Here are the basic steps for making chocolate cake, my way.
The basic ingredient for chocolate cake include, of course, coffee powder, chopped butter, dark chocolate, water, brown sugar, cocoa powder, flour, lightly whisked egg, cocoa powder and sometimes cachous for decoration. Proportions vary according to the level and degree of sweetness you prefer for your chocolate cake. The amount also varies based on the required number of servings you need.
As with any cake, preheating to about 160 degrees Celsius is a must. The base must also be created and greased to about 20 centimeters for standard size. After settling this, you can now add the coffee, butter, chocolate, sugar and water in a pan. Place it only on low heat. Stir this for the next few minutes until it melts and balances. Once this is established, set it aside for a few minutes and let it cool down.
Grab a bowl and transfer the entire mixture. Do some sifting and get the cocoa powder and combined flours. Add the almonds in this particular stage. After mixing all these, add the eggs and fold the flour. Keep stirring and pour it into the pan.
After all this is finished, bake the cake for at least one hour. If possible, monitor the progress of your cake by using a skewer. Once this is finished, take the cake out of the oven and prepare it for icing. The icing must be made of fresh cream and chocolate placed in a bowl, stirred to smooth perfection. Place the icing in the middle of the cake and in the outer surfaces, ensuring uniformity and balance in the elements. Add the decorations afterwards.
Some Additional Pieces of Advice
Cooling is essential in every stage of making chocolate. You need to make sure that the chocolate is cooled before you decide to add any more ingredients. You must also exercise caution in establishing proportions of the ingredients so that there will not be overpowering elements in your chocolate cake. Have somebody test your cake from time to time and practice doing it to refine your style and speed in making chocolate cake.
At the outset, you must have high quality chocolate to begin with. Your techniques come in secondary to the quality of your ingredients, so make sure that you are making your chocolate cake with the best ingredients there are in the market. It can also be made more fun if you share the chocolate cake making activity with friends and family to make the affair and learning even sweeter.
Other techniques may come in but essentially, it is advisable to look for the perfect manner with which you can do your best cooking or baking skills and at the same time, maintain the richness of excellently made chocolate cakes.