5 Steps to Making a Deep, Dark, Delicious Classic Chocolate Cake
You will need lots of chocolate to make the cake of your dreams!
Chocolate cake is a classic dessert that never fails. It's easier to make than you think, too! All you need is a little bit of patience and a whole lot of chocolate to impress your loved ones with a rich and moist chocolate cake. Get started with our easy baking tips for whipping up the chocolate cake of your dreams.
1 Use the best chocolate that you can afford.
Never scrimp on the chocolate when you're making a cake. While it may be tempting to purchase the cheapest bars of compound chocolate out there, opting for good quality chocolate will always make a difference in your finished product. There are plenty of excellent locally-made chocolate bars out there that are perfect for cakes! Keep an eye out for Philippine-made chocolate in the baking aisle of your grocery.
2 Do not overmix your batter.
Once you incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, make sure that you only mix the batter until it is just combined—nothing more than that. This will ensure a firm, stable crumb that still turns out tender and fluffy after baking.
3 Remove the air bubbles from your cake batter.
Once you transfer and divide your batter into your prepared cake pans, lightly tap the pans on a flat surface to release any trapped air bubbles in your batter. Air bubbles can create large, uneven holes in your cake, or cause your cake to fall or sink in the middle.
4 Let your cake cool completely before frosting it.
If you attempt to frost your cake while it is still warm (even when it's just a little bit warm), your frosting will melt and you will ruin your cake. Practice patience! The wait will be worth it once your cake comes together.
5 Decorate it with a simple chocolate drip glaze.
A drip glaze is an easy way to make your cakes beautiful with very little effort. Start your chocolate drip glaze by combining 1 2/3 cups semisweet chocolate chips and 1/4 cup coconut oil in a heatproof bowl. Set the bowl over a pot of barely simmering water and let the chocolate melt, stirring occasionally, until smooth and glossy. Let cool slightly at room temperature, then use an offset spatula to gently ease the glaze over the edges to achieve a natural drip effect.
Tips taken from Moist Double Chocolate Drip Cake recipe originally published in the October 2016 issue of Yummy magazine.