I’m going to apologize now because if some form of diet is one of your new year’s resolutions, I’m about to make you break it.
But this particular day gives you every excuse to indulge in the iconic, delicious decadence known as chocolate cake. Because on National Chocolate Cake Day, celebrated annually on Jan. 27, there’s just one thing to do: eat chocolate cake.
(Oh, but first you have to bake and frost it, so really there are three things to do!)
Since we are honoring the king of desserts, only the best recipe will do. It has to be moist, rich, dark, ultra-chocolatey and incredibly decadent. And this recipe is just that; it literally takes the cake.
With a super-moist crumb and luscious ganache glaze, this fudgy bundt cake is sinfully delicious.
Made with a few pantry staples, the dry ingredients are mixed with the wet, then a magical element is added: boiling coffee.
The coffee enhances the flavor of the chocolate and creates a silky batter, producing the most intense and velvety chocolate cake that’s love at first bite.
The batter will be very thin and runny but will bake up as normal. And be sure to only fill your bundt pan ⅔ full. Any excess batter can be used for cupcakes – just adjust the baking time accordingly.
This cake dresses up beautifully with fresh berries or chocolate shavings, which are easily made by running a potato peeler down the side of a chocolate bar. And when serving it, ice cream and/or a glass of milk are a must.
Adapted from allrecipes.com.
For the cake:
2 cups white sugar
1¾ cups all-purpose flour
¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1½ teaspoons baking soda
1½ teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
½ cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling coffee
For the ganache:
1⅓ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup heavy cream
Optional for serving: fresh berries, ice cream, chocolate shavings
Preheat an oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour a 10-inch bundt pan.
In a large bowl, or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, add the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt and mix to combine.
Add the eggs, milk, vegetable oil and vanilla to the flour mixture and mix on medium speed for 3 minutes, until well combined, scraping down the bowl as needed.
Reduce the speed and carefully add the boiling coffee to the cake batter until well combined, scraping the sides of the bowl to ensure complete mixing. The batter will be thin.
Pour the batter into the prepared bundt pan until it’s ⅔ full (excess batter can be used for cupcakes). Place the filled bundt pan on a baking sheet (this will catch spills and ensure it sits evenly as it bakes), and bake for one hour or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Leaving the cake in the pan, set on a rack to cool for 20 minutes. Then carefully run a butter knife between the cake and pan to loosen the edges. Turn out onto a serving platter and let it cool completely.
Next up: the ganache. Place the chocolate chips in a medium heat-proof bowl. Add the heavy cream into a small saucepan and heat on medium high till the edges just start to boil. Remove from the heat and immediately pour the cream over the chocolate chips.
Allow to stand for 3-5 minutes, then whisk briskly to combine, until smooth and shiny. Let it cool about 15-20 minutes (or until it nicely coats the back of a spoon) before drizzling it over the cake.
Serve with fresh berries, ice cream or chocolate shavings. To make the chocolate shavings, shave the side of a chocolate baking bar with a potato peeler.
Audrey Alfaro can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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