Ok stop drooling over the keyboard!!!! Let me start by saying that this cake is super easy to make, requires no effort (ok, you may have to mix the batter just a little with a whisk) and is absolutely decadent.
I baked this cake for my nanny Imelda who was celebrating her birthday this past week. What can I say about Imelda. She has truly been a godsend espcially in times of need like when I was going through chemotherapy. She is an absolute star and will miss her so much when she returns to her home to get married.
So on to this cake. What can I say except this the moistest, yummiest chocolate cake I have ever eaten. I've baked this cake well over a hundred times (i'm not exaggerating) and it has been my go to chocolate cake recipe for nearly 10 years. It has never failed me. I stumbled upon this recipe by chance on Allrecipes.com and with so many 5 star reviews, I knew I couldn't go wrong. In my opinion, the secret as to why this cake is so moist and delicious is the addition of boiling hot coffee to the batter. It somehow really helps in lifting out the flavour of the chocolate.
The cake is so very easy to put together- just mix all the ingredients into a single bowl and you're good to go. But be aware that the batter will be very runny. So don't got thinking you've done something wrong! The hardest part to making this cake is....wait for it....washing that single lone bowl when you're done. Oh and the whisk as well! Wait, I take that back. The hardest part is waiting for the cake to finish baking so you can dig in!
Now let's talk about the frosting. I don't ususally frost this cake because Akber is not a fan of frosting but because it was for a birthday, it HAD to have frosting. For this, I slightly adapted the sugary birthday buttercream frosting from Sweetapolita. Although it is sweet, the whipping cream helps to balance this somewhat and make it extra creamy and airy.
I could really go on and on and on about how good this is but the proof is in the pudding and I can guarantee you'll be singing its praises as much as me when you've baked this.
Moist Chocolate Cake- One Bowl Cake
2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup hot brewed coffee
Preheat oven to 175 degrees Centigrade and grease and flour a 9 inch cake pan. In a bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients. Create a well in the centre and add all the rest of the ingredients except coffee. Mix well until combined and then add coffee. Mix once again. Pour into greased pan and bake in the middle rack in the oven for approximately 45 minutes or until a skewer comes out just clean. Cool on a wire rack.
Sugary Birthday Frosting
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
5 1/2 cups icing sugar
120ml whipping cream
2 tbs pure vanilla extract
pinch of salt
Uisng the paddle attachment of your stand mixer, mix the butter and sugar on low speed until combined. Add the whipping cream, vanilla and salt and whip on high speed until fluffy and smooth- approx. 4 minutes. If you find the consistency too thick, you can add 1 tablespoon of milk. I tinted mine with a few drops of rose colored gel.
This will make enough frosting to ice 1 9 inch layer cake.