Dump it all Extravaganza Chocolate Cake

Reminiscing of pre-war recipes, this chocolate cake ticks all the boxes ; Great texture and flavour – The perfect birthday cake recipe.
A one pot chocolate cake recipe ! Easy to prepare and ready in minutes.

INGREDIENTS
450 Gr. Sugar
100 Gr. unsweetened Chocolate
115 Gr butter (Use 2 gr for greasing the pan)
450 Gr. (2 cups)  all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting the pan
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 Cup milk
1 Cup of lukewarm water
1 teaspoon cider vinegar
2 eggs at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon of Instant Espresso coffee
1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon – Optional

METHOD
Preheat the oven to 190 Celsius. Butter and flour two standard size cake pans. Line each pan with parchment paper, to ensure you will not have any problem removing the cake.
In a large saucepan, add the sugar, water, butter, coffee and chocolate, at medium heat. Melt all the ingredients at low temperature.
Meanwhile, sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In a separate small bowl, stir together the milk and vinegar.

When the chocolate in the pan has cooled a bit, whisk in the milk mixture and eggs.
Add the flour mixture in two additions without overmixing. When the mixture is smooth, add the vanilla and whisk once or twice, to blend.
You will immediately see the batter start to bubble as the baking soda activates the whole mixture.
Pour the batter into the tube pan and bake on the middle rack until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean, about 30 to 35 minutes.
Let the cake cool completely, then remove from the pan and cool on a rack.

As the cake is very moist and soft, I would avoid using an overly decorated cake mold, as it tends to stick to the pan.

Serve with your favorite chocolate frosting or double cream. It is delightful.

Chocolate Frosting : Once the cake is cool

1st Option :
2 Tablespoon Cocoa & 2 Tablespoon Icing sugar with 1/2 teaspoon of milk. Mix well and if the mixture is too thick, add 1/2 teaspoon of milk at a time, until the mixture is wet enough to pour over the cake.

2nd Option :
Make a Ganache – Easy – Equal amount of chocolate with equal amount of cream –
In a bowl, place both ingredients in a microwave and in increment of 30 seconds, melt everything. Mix well and wait for a minute, until the mixture thickens… pour immediately over the cake.

You can also make 48 Mini-Cupcakes or 24 Regular size ones.

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