This chocolate cake recipe is a favorite in our family. In fact, I previously posted it on this blog before when I made it for my dad's birthday. I'm not letting that stop me from posting the recipe again because this cake is so easy to make and always turns out super moist. Its not ultra-chocolately or overly rich and is perfect with mocha-rum icing and dark chocolate ganache.
My brother recently proposed to his girlfriend and I offered to make a cake for their engagment party that my parents were putting on for them. I knew I wanted to use this cake recipe but I couldn't decide exactly how I wanted to decorate the cake.
I didn't want to do anything fussy or cover it in fondant because we would only see the cake for a minute or two at the restaurant before it was sliced. I decided that I would pour ganache over the top and then write something on top of it once it set.
I was going to write something about love, or their names with some hearts but I changed my mind at the last minute and decided to use white chocolate to write how I felt about the news of their engagement.....
Instead of piping the letters directly onto the cake and risking messing the whole thing up I took a much easier route. I drew out the letters on a piece of paper, lay plastic wrap over the paper, and then piped over the letters with melted white chocolate. Instead of a proper piping bag and tip I used a freezer back and snipped a really small hole in the corner to pipe out of. Once the letters had set I moved them on top of the cake. Risk free cake decorating!
So congratulations Chris and Niccy! So excited for the two of you!
Moist Chocolate Cake
(Double this recipe for two layers)
1/4 c melted butter
1/4 c cocoa
1/2 c hot water
1/2 cup sour milk (1 tsp white vinegar added to milk will sour it)
1 egg beaten in with the milk
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup white sugar
1. Preheat the oven to 350
2. Put all the ingredients into a mixer bowl in the order given above, beat until mostly smooth
3. Bake in 8 inch pan for 25-30 minutes
6 ounces of dark chocolate
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1. Finely chop the chocolate and place in a bowl
2. Heat cream in a pot until gently simmering
3. Whisk the cream into the bowl with the chocolate until the chocolate has melted and the cream is incorporated.