It has been sometime since I last baked a chocolate cake and then I realised hey, Donna also bakes pretty decent cakes apart from Nigella. Oops!! And then I found this chocolate pound cake recipe from Donna. Apparently it has very good reviews so why talk further??
Let's check out this recipe from Donna.
- 1 cup (100g) cocoa powder, sifted
- ⅔ cup (180ml) boiling water
- 250g unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup (220g) caster (superfine) sugar
- ⅔ cup (120g) brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 5 eggs
- 1 cup (150g) plain (all-purpose) flour
- 100g dark chocolate
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ cup (60ml) single (pouring) cream
- Preheat oven to 160°C (325°F).
- Place the cocoa and boiling water in a bowl and mix until smooth. Set aside.
- Place the butter and both brown and white sugar together and beat on high speed for 6 minutes or until light and creamy.
- Add the vanilla extract, eggs and cocoa mixture and beat until well combined.
- Add the flour and mix until just combined.
- Pour the mixture into a lightly greased 21cm x 10cm loaf tin lined with non-stick baking paper. I do without the non-stick baking paper to avoid drawing and cutting the paper and it works just fine. I'm probably the laziest baker around :P
- Bake for 1 hour 10 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer. I baked it for 1 hour.*
- Cool in the tin for 5 minutes before turning out on to a wire rack to cool completely.
- To make the chocolate glaze, place the chocolate, vanilla and cream in a small saucepan over low heat and stir until smooth. Cool slightly before spreading over the cooled cake to serve.
*Tip: Remember not to overbake chocolate. When you remove the skewer from the cake, the cake crumbs should still be a tad wet and the skewer should not be totally dry. The reason is because the chocolate will still continue to cook inside the cake even if it is out of the oven.
Now does this even look delectable to you? Honestly even the crumbs taste so good that I cannot even stop myself from slicing it immediately just so I could taste 1 slice of it. However, I thought the glaze could have been better if I had more time :P Yes I was doing the glaze just before going to work. Oops!!
So a few days later, I baked this same chocolate pound cake upon the request of one of my girlfriends.
Forgive me for the lighting but trust me, apart from that, the taste has not been compromised at all. It is very scrumptious. I'm definitely going to bake this every now and then whenever I crave chocolate :):)
Needless to say, Mr G told me to 'keep it coming'. HAHA!!
I'm submitting this to I Heart Cooking Clubs October Potluck.