Over the years, I’ve discarded pounds and pounds of what should have been cake. Try as I might, none of the zillions of cake recipes out there ever worked for me. Ok I didn’t try zillions, but I did give it ‘the old college try.’ One day I decided it was time for a break; it was just too disappointing.
Then I found Culinary Concoctions by Peabody. I read about her chocolate cake memories and felt so inspired. I started at once, very excited about the possibilities. But little by little doubt crept in and right before it was time to remove the cakes from the oven, only a trace amount of hope remained. I readied myself for yet another disappointment as I tested the cakes for doneness with a toothpick. The toothpick came out clean. That’s odd, I thought. Then I removed the cakes from the oven and allowed them to cool a bit before removing them from the pans. They looked like, well like cakes are supposed to look. It was beautiful. After removing them from the pans, and allowing them to cool completely, I frosted them with store bought frosting because I can not make homemade frosting, not yet anyways.
So there it was, a delicious two layer chocolate cake, minus one slice, adorned my table.
It really was a beautiful thing.
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
¾ teaspoon baking soda
¾ teaspoon salt
11 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 ½ cups sugar
2/3 cup cocoa powder
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/3 cups warm water
My journey began with me trying to make a simple yellow cake and midway through I find that I’ve learned to create an elegant and super moist chocolate cake.
I’m pretty happy.
p.s. Sunday is a day of rest around here, so I’ll see you Monday.