Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Homespun Things....Best ever Chocolate Buttermilk Cake...

This is Deee-vine...can I have another piece?

That's the usual response when I serve this one.

Try it once and this will forever be your go-to cake for celebrations, lunch boxes, desserts and for impressing the boss, the pastor, your new beau, or your friends and family....I promise!

Chocolate Buttermilk Cake....

2 Cups Flour
2 Cups Sugar
¾ Cup Cocoa
2 Teaspoons Baking Soda
2 Eggs
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Cup Buttermilk
1 Cup Vegetable Oil
1 ½ Teaspoons Vanilla Extract or Essence
1 Cup Boiling Water

Preheat Oven to 150C..this is a slow bake recipe.
Lightly grease and flour a 22cm x 35cm baking dish, or grease, flour and line a similar sized cake tin, or prepare 12 large or 24 small cupcake or muffin papers inside muffin pan holes. This cake batter is quite liquid, so the great thing is that you can pour it into the cupcake papers, so long as they are stablilised by being inside the muffin pan holes. You cannot just place the cupcake papers on a tray for this batter. It'll just run everywhere!

Place all the ingredients above into a mixing bowl.
Mix at medium or medium high speed until all ingredients are blended and smooth.
Pour into greased and floured baking dish or pour into cupcake papers inside muffin tin holes.
Bake for 1 hr for a large cake or about 45 minutes for cupcakes.
Test by sticking with knife. If it comes out clean, it's done!
Allow to cool.

This cake is so moist and delicious that it simply doesn't need icing.
That doesn't mean you can't ice it if you wish, but here, we just eat it as is, dust it with icing sugar, or my favourite...decorate with white  chocolate shapes and squiggles.

All you need is about 100gms of white chocolate buttons, melted on 50% power in your microwave for about 2 minutes.

Pour this into a ziplock sandwich bag, and snip a teeny tiny corner from the bag. It needs to be just a whisker of the corner of the bag, or you'll end up with white chocolate everywhere.

You can then squiggle, heart, gift box, beribbon, or write cute words on the top of your cake or cupcakes to your hearts content.

These look like designer cupcakes from a cupcake boutique and are so more-ish that you'll make this one over and over and over again.



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