Thursday, November 24, 2016

Chocolate Cake with King Arthur Flour

I have now made this cake two ways.  One way I made it was for my Friendsgiving where I used Mix and Match Mama's recipe... and then I made it this way... The "old fashion way" as I like to call it.  Where I actually use all separate ingredients without the help or assistance of pre packaged stuff.

The way my Grandma made it.  There is something so soothing about being in the kitchen making a cake from scratch.  It is delicious both way.

1 1/2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour or Organic All-Purpose Flour
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup Dutch-process cocoa or natural cocoa 
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon espresso powder, optional
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon vinegar, cider or white
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup cold water

Preheat your oven to 350°F. Lightly grease an 8" square or 9" round pan that's at least 2" deep. If you don't have a 2"-deep pan in either of those sizes, use a 9" square pan.

Traditional method: Measure all the dry ingredients into the prepared pan. Blend the ingredients together thoroughly with a fork or whisk and scoop out three holes, or indentations. Pour the vanilla into the first hole, the vinegar into the second, and the vegetable oil into the third. Take the cup of water and pour it directly over everything in the pan. Stir all the ingredients together with your fork until well blended.

Updated method: Whisk the dry ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl. Whisk the vanilla, vinegar, vegetable oil, and water in a separate bowl. Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients, stirring until thoroughly combined. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.

Bake the cake for 30 to 35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, or with a few moist crumbs clinging to it. 
Serve the cake right from the pan; warm from the oven, it's wonderful with a big glass of milk. 
Or, once cool, frost the cake with this simple chocolate frosting: Heat 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips with 1/2 cup half & half until the chips melt. Stir until smooth, and pour/spread over the cake. For a non-dairy icing, substitute 1/3 cup cold brewed coffee (or water) for the half & half.

Yield: about 16 servings.

Disclaimer:  I am a Stonyfield YoGetter blogger, and this is a sponsored post written by me in partnership with Stonyfeld and King Arthur Flour.  All opinions are my own.

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