Chocolate Cake #5 and the verdict is out

20 May 2014

To end the quest of my search for the best chocolate cake recipe I tried this old recipe from a friend I went to school with.  And I was not disappointed.  It was so light and fluffy and just deliciously spongy.  The batter, once mixed and poured into the tins was almost like marshmellow because of the buttermilk and bicarb reacting to each other.  Just divine.

Here is the recipe:

240g flour
125g butter
125ml hot water to which 5ml instant coffee is added
250ml buttermilk
5ml baking powder
2 eggs
5ml vanilla essence
180g castor sugar
60g cocoa
5ml bicarb
1ml cream of tartar*
Pinch salt

*I did not have any cream of tartar so this was omitted from the recipe.

Mix cocoa and coffee mixture together.
Cream butter and sugar in a mixing bowl, add eggs one by one beating well each time.
Add the cocoa mixture.
Pour the buttermilk on the bicarb and stir well (watch out as this will cause it to froth!)
Sift flour, salt, baking powder and cream of tartar.
Stir in dry ingredients alternately with the buttermilk.  Lastly add vanilla.
Pour mixture into two greased sandwich tins and bake at 180 degrees for about 20-25 minutes or until firm to the touch.

I used the icing recipe from chocolate cake #4 as it was one of my favourites.

I rate this cake 8/10.

It is hard to choose one cake out of the five I made as they were all different but if I had to choose one which would be my go-to chocolate cake recipe that was easy, no fuss and tasted like a good chocolate cake should it would have to be chocolate cake #4.

Although, it would be just as easy to combine all five recipes and make up my own recipe - I think I will have to try that and see how it turns out!

Now - what can I bake next?

You can see chocolate cake recipes numbers here:  #1, #2, #3 and #4

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