We all know that chocolate cake is one of the easiest cakes to prepare but not everyone can make it deliciously, just like the ones that we have in pastry shops and restaurants. For you to bake chocolate cake that you and your family will surely love here is a chocolate cake recipe for you.
With a history that dates back to 1764, chocolate indeed goes a long way, proving that it is a favorite food among most people. It was first made when chocolate was first discovered, using ground cocoa beans using two circular millstones. It was further improved in 1879 when conching was introduced by Swiss Rodolphe. Conching is the process of making chocolate smoother and silkier which then made it better for baking since it mixes with batters completely. In 1930, there were chocolate cake mixes sold by the Duff Company in Pittsburgh. Chocolate cake became very popular during the 1980s and the 1990s wherein there can be other ingredients added aside from the chocolate such as tea, champagne, red pepper and a lot more. To this date, there are a lot of chocolate cake variants such as layer cakes, black forest cake, soufflé cake, fudge cake, snowball cake and a lot more.
One of the best chocolate cake variations is the black forest cake, which you can serve for both children and adults. For this delicious recipe, what you will need are 1/2 cup of softened butter, 1 1/4 cups of sugar, two eggs, 1 1/4 cups of all purpose flour, 1/2 cup of natural unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon each of baking soda and vanilla extract, 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder and 3/4 cup of buttermilk. For the filling, you will need 2 cans of cherry pie filling, 3 cups of heavy whipped cream, 1/4 cup of confectioner's sugar. Should you choose to have garnish, you can have milk chocolate curls or sweet cherries or other garnishes that you prefer.
You will first need to prepare the cake which you start by doing the basics - preheating your oven to 350 0F and lining a cake pan with greaseproof paper. In a mixing bowl, beat the butter and the sugar using an electric mixer until it is fluffy and white. While beating the butter, add one egg at a time while mixing it well. Add the other ingredients - the cocoa powder, flour, baking powder, baking soda, buttermilk and vanilla extract and continue mixing until the mixture is already smooth. Afterwards, place the mixture into the cake pan and then bake for about 45 minutes. When it is already cooked, allow it to cool then cut into three layers horizontally.
For the filling, you will first need to drain the cherry pie so that the juices will be removed. In a mixing bowl, beat the whipped cream and the confectioner's sugar until it is already thick. Shave the chocolate using a vegetable peeler and then refrigerate the mixture while waiting for the cake to be baked. When the cake is ready and the filling is prepared, you are now ready to assemble your black forest chocolate cake. You will first need to put one layer of the cake on a serving plate and then spread some of the whipped cream on top and then adding the cherry pie. Add the next layer of the cake and then do the same process. For the last layer, spread the whipped cream and the spread the remaining on the sides. Add the garnish of your choice and your black forest chocolate cake is now ready to be served.
Do this chocolate cake recipe and you will surely be delighted by the result if you follow the instructions carefully. You and your companions will certainly be looking forward to having more chocolate cakes from you.