Yummy rich chocolate cake, who would not want to bake one? But the thought of the complicated, time-consuming procedure perhaps discourages you to attempt. Here is a no frills simplest recipe for a delicious chocolate cake.
The ingredients are the usual ones but here the mixer does more than half of the job for you. And yet you get a nice soft chocolate cake. If you want to simplify the method further, then avoid making glaze, just smear a thick chocolate sauce over the cake.
1/4 cup cocoa, plus 1 tablespoon for dusting
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespooons unsalted butter
4 large eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter one 9-inch round cake pan and line the bottom with parchment paper. Butter the parchment paper and dust the pan with 1 tablespoon cocoa. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, 1/4 cup cocoa, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, and cayenne and set aside.
In a double boiler over simmering water, melt 6 ounces chocolate and the butter. Set aside. In a large bowl using an electric mixer set on medium high, beat the eggs and sugars until the mixture thickens and increases in volume-about 5 minutes. Reduce mixer speed to low, add the chocolate mixture and the vanilla, and beat until combined. Gradually add the four mixture and beat until incorporated.
Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake on the middle shelf of the oven until cake springs back when lightly touched in the center-30 to 40 minutes.
Make the glaze: Cool cake in the pan on a wire rack for 20 minutes. Invert the cake onto the wire rack, remove the parchment paper, and cool completely. Transfer cake to a serving dish. Melt the remaining bittersweet chocolate and drizzle over the top of the cake.