This week-end I want to make a nice soft and moist chocolate cake, I do have recipes but I ‘m in the mood to try something new and found this recipes.

Before I give you the recipe I want to say a few things, canola oil is suggested – don’t use that, there’s no such thing as a canola plant, it’s rape seed that has been proceed in a nasty way (nasty for our bodies); use coconut oil .

Another this is “lukewarm water , do bring cold water to a boil and then let it cool until lukewarm. If you use lukewarm water from the tap, it will contain too many bacteria that is not welcome in your body.

Recipe:

Ingredients:

For the cake:
1 cup warm water (lukewarm, not boiling)
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (extra for dusting pan)
1 1/2 cups (180 grams) all-purpose flour
1 cup caster sugar (160 grams)
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup canola oil (or any other neutral-flavored oil, plus extra for greasing pan)
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
2 tsp. white vinegar

For the glaze:
50 grams dark chocolate chopped
1/3 cup icing sugar, sifted
2 Tablespoons water

Method:

To make the cake:
– Pre-heat the oven to 190 degrees Celsius.
– Use an 8-inch, removable bottom pan and line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper.
– Lightly brush the pan and parchment paper with oil & dust with cocoa powder.
– In a small bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder & lukewarm water, making sure that there are no lumps left and set aside.
– In a large pan, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda & salt.
– Make a well in the centre of these dry ingredients and add the cocoa-water mixture, oil & vanilla extract. Whisk until smooth. Add the vinegar & whisk.
– Transfer the batter to prepared cake pan & bake for about 30 to 40 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean.
– Once baked, place the pan on a wire rack to cool for 20 minutes.
– Run a knife around the sides of the pan before loosening the sides of the pan.
– Open up the cake pan and gently place the cake on a wire rack to cool completely.

To make the chocolate glaze:
– Melt the chocolate either in a double boiler or in the microwave. – Allow it to cool slightly and then whisk in the water & sifted icing sugar.
– Once this mixture takes on a spreadable consistency, pour it over the centre of the cooled cake.
– Use an offset spatula to spread the glaze evenly over the top and sides of the cake.

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