Apparently today is Chocolate Cake Day. Personally I wouldn’t have thought the chocolate cake celebration should be confined to just one day of the year, but I suppose January 27 is just a good an anchor as any other day.
While I love chocolate cake, I don’t really have a favorite chocolate cake recipe. I like to try lots of things. I’m particularly fond of Anna’s chocolate zucchini cake and I love bundt cakes with tunnels of fudge. But since I don’t have a favorite, it was easy to try a new recipe a few months back. I found it in More Home Cooking by Laurie Colwin:
Happy Winter Fudge Cake
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. and butter a 9 1/2- by 3-inch springform pan fitted with a tube bottom.
- Melt 3 squares semisweet chocolate in a heavy saucepan over low heat
and let the chocolate cool.
- In a bowl mix 2 cups flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon cocoa powder,
and 1 teaspoon each baking powder and baking soda.
- In another bowl with a mixer mix 2 eggs, 4 tablespoons softened butter,
cut in little pieces, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 1 1/2 cups plain yogurt and
then beat in the melted chocolate.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ones and add 1 cup chocolate
morsels, large or small.
- Turn the batter into the pan and bake the cake in the middle of the
oven for 45 minutes. The cake will pull away slightly from the side of
the pan. Let the cake cool for 30 minutes, remove the side of the pan,
and invert the cake onto a plate, removing the bottom of the pan.
She suggests adding lots of icing flowers if you’re trying to entice children to eat an “un-iced” cake, but YA and I ate it sans decorations and it was quite rich, moist and fudgy (is that a word?)
Tell me your idea for a favorite chocolate to eat today? Or do you prefer a different day to celebrate chocolate cake?