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Decadent Chocolate Cake

Courses: Dessert
Serves: 12 people

Recipe Ingredients

1 cup 237mlBoiling water
3 oz 85gUnsweetened chocolate
8 tablespoons 120mlSweet butter - (1 stick)
1 teaspoon 5mlVanilla
2 cups 396g / 13ozSugar
2   Eggs - separated
1 teaspoon 5mlBaking soda
1/2 cup 118mlSour cream
2 cups 125g / 4.4ozLess 2 tbs flour
1 teaspoon 5mlBaking powder
  Chocolate Frosting
2 tablespoons 30mlSweet butter
3/4 cup 82g / 2.9ozSemisweet chocolate chips
6 tablespoons 90mlHeavy cream
1 1/4 cups 247g / 8.7ozConfectioners sugar
1 teaspoon 5mlVanilla

Recipe Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 10-inch pan.

2. Pour boiling water over chocolate and butter; let stand until melted. Stir in vanilla and sugar, then whisk in egg yolks, one at a time, until blended well.

3. Mix soda and sour cream and whisk into chocolate mixture.

4. Mix flour and baking powder well, and add to batter, mixing thoroughly.

5. Beat egg whites until stiff but not dry. Stir in a quarter of the egg whites thoroughly into the batter. Scoop the remaining egg whites on top of the batter and gently fold in.

6. Pour batter into prepared pan. Set on the middle rack of the oven and bake for 40-50 minutes or until the edges have pulled away from the pan and the cake tester inserted comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes; unmold and cool completely before frosting.

Chocolate Frosting:

Place all ingredients in a heavy saucepan and whisk until smooth over low heat. Cool slightly; add more sugar if necessary. Spread on cake while frosting is still warm.

Silver Palate Cookbook


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