Monday, May 5, 2014

Easy Chocolate Cake for Bake Along 3rd Anniversary


Happy birthday to Bake Along! This is my 3rd year baking along with Joyce and Zoe , i am truly appreciative of both of them for all they have done for the event, for supporting me, not just on bake along but others. Being one of the hostess, i would also like to say thanks to my baking friends who have been taking part in our bake along event, thanks for your support despite the challenges at times, believe me, it is just as challenging for us!


And so we have decided on Chocolate Cake as the theme for our Bake Along Anniversary. This recipe comes from Donna Hay Easy Chocolate Cake which i just saw it recently on Amy's Baking Dairy. It sounds really good to me, dark and rich, moist and fudgy and this is exactly what it is!



I have made this twice since then. I love this cake. The first without the ganache , a full recipe in a 9 inch pan and the second with the ganache, a smaller recipe in a 7 inch pan. If you prefer no ganache, i can tell you that it is just as good, the cake itself is rich in flavour. As you can see, the cake that i'm having here looks dark, it is because i wanted to try out this dark cocoa powder which i see it selling here. Quite a contrast if compared to some other chocolate cakes that i have made. But dont bother, i was just a little curious to try this dark cocoa powder. As for the ganache, i used a little less cream than the recipe for a thicker ganache, you can adjust to your preferred consistency. Happy Baking!




Recipe ( from amy's baking dairy )
made in a 7" pan
167gm butter        
135 gm brown sugar
2 eggs
200gm all purpose/ plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
25gm  cocoa powder
1/3 cup sour cream
160gm dark chocolate, melted

Chocolate Glaze
100gm dark chocolate, chopped
50ml single cream ( i used 36% fat whipping cream)

Directions
Preheat oven to 160C . Grease a 22cm cake tin. Place the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat till light and creamy. Add the eggs and beat well. Sift the flour, baking powder and cocoa over the butter mixture, add the sour cream and chocolate and mix until just combined.

Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 55mins-1 hour or until just set. Cool in the tin.

To make the chocolate glaze, combine the chocolate and cream in a saucepan over low heat and stir until smooth. Allow the gloaze to stand for 5 minutes before spreading over the top of the cake.

* this is 2/3 of the original recipe. For full recipe, pls refer here



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36 comments:

  1. Chocolate cake ~ always the perfect cake to bake for birthday occasion. I hope Bake Along will have many more years to come to share with us beautiful delicious cakes

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  2. congratulations lena, u did a good job and this choc cake looks so delicious,
    thanks for sharing

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  3. Wow love the look of your dark chocolate cake. So delicious!

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  4. 浓郁的巧克力蛋糕。我很喜欢。喜欢。
    恭喜你们。接接再励哦。我会自持你们的。like

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  5. Hi Lena,
    Happy Bake-Along 3rd Anniversary! The three of us have baked a total of 60 different recipes in 3 delicious years! How awesome is that? Really awesome ! Thanks for being a wonderful baking buddy!
    This cake looks really moist and chocolaty fudgy. It looks delicious and would be perfect for any occasion, great thing about this cake is, you can dress it up or down!
    Cheers to another year of baking together with you and Zoe!

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  6. Hi Lena,

    Of course, I remember this recipe! Amy baked it very well and you too!

    Happy Birthday, bake-along!!! I really enjoyed these days baking and blogging with you and Lena. Both of you are like sisters to me, giving me heaps of advice! Pardon me for being mushy... I can't imagine baking and blogging without you and Joyce... so I'm wishing many many many years of more bake-along :D

    Just high five, Joyce! Can we high five too??? HHHHHi-FIVE!!!!!

    Zoe

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  7. Wow! love the dark look of this cake, I want to bake this too! Hope I have the time to catch up! Happy 3rd to Bake Along:D I enjoyed baking along with you gals!

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  8. Lena, your chocolate cake looks so good! It is one of those cakes where I can't stop at one slice hah..hah...

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  9. hi Lena, Happy 3rd Anniversary to Bake Along! the dark chocolatety cake looks delicious!

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  10. Happy 3rd Bake Along Anniversary..!
    Mmmmm, this chocolate cake looks great too... I just came by from Joyce's and now yours...evil ppl..nw im craving for a bite of chocolate cake... :((

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  11. Happy anniversary to Bake Along Event... 3rd Anniversary.... time flies so fast.

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  12. Happy Anniversary!
    Your chocolate cake looks so gorgeous, Lena.

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  13. HI Lena! Happy Birthday Bake Along! You "guys" have done a fantabulous job these past few years. All that goodness you have shared has not been wasted! I think it's wonderful that Bake Along is still going strong after all these years!

    Of course, for me anyway, Chocolate Cake is the perfect celebration cake. Yours looks so decadent and chocolately I would want it with all the works too though. I MUST save this recipe! I haven't baked a Chocolate Cake in way too long!

    Thank you so much for sharing, Lena...Many more years of tasty bake alongs coming your way!!!

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  14. Happy 3rd Anniversary to Bake Along!!!! Well done Lena, Joyce and Zoe!

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  15. Happy 3rd anniversary to Bake Along. I have learnt much from all. Thank you for sharing all your beautiful bakes.

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  16. Hi Lena, Happy 3rd anniversary! the chocolate cake looks very sinful and delicious, yum!

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  17. Congratulations on your 3rd Bake Along anniversary! Here's to more scrumptious cakes and treats in the years to come, dear. :D

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  19. happy 3rd! that cake look so rich so dark and so delicious. I don;t think i would leave any for anyone else. I love chocolate cake and you bet i am pinning this for a rainy day or just any day for that matter. Always a reason to have cake am i right:)

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  20. Happy 3rd Anniversary to Bake Along buddies! Your cake looks decadent, love the dark color and the ganache on top!

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  21. Happy anniversary! Nothing like chocolate cake to celebrate!

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  22. Lena, this looks amazing, so moist and rich and DELICIOUS!! Ganache seems to make everything better too :)

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  23. I wish my husband liked chocolate. The best things are chocolate and your cake looks like it is one of the best. Happy third.

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  24. Oh my I have not eaten a slice of cake this year and you are tempting me to get one :P.

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  25. Happy Anniversary to Bake Along. I have copied one of the recipe in your link here. I will try to bake chocolate muffin or chocolate cookies one day.

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  26. Sometimes the best thing in life is the simplest thing in life.... This looks simply z best

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  27. Yr cake look super chocolatey n moist. Happy 3rd anniversary n happy Mother's Day Lena

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  29. A CLASSIC! Always needed for birthdays I think. ;)

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  30. Very easy chocolate cake recipes i have read,Thanks for the post,Keep posting

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  31. Hi Lena,
    Happy 3rd Birthday to Bake Along...and wishing you a lot of successful years! I love your blog and all the many delicious cakes, desserts and dishes you make! Love your awesome chocolate cake!
    Hugs,

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  32. It's 3 years already ?! Time really flew so fast ! Happy Birthday , Bake-Along Girls :D I've seen it at Amy's as well and plan on making it sometime .

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  33. Oh, this cake look really dark and good! Happy Birthday Bake Along !

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  34. Hi Lena , Happy belated 3rd birthday to Bake Along . OH WOW! This cake looks so heavenly & decadent ! A great birthday cake indeed ; YUM ;)

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  35. Wow! Lena. This cake is fabulous! You have done it so well :D

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