Introducing THE ultimate CHOCOLATE CAKE.. with a touch of COFFEE.. and GANACHE to fight for...lol...
Honestly, if I say so myself, I have NEVER baked a cake this good.. and I've tried a LOT of chocolate cakes.. and the amazing thing is, this could have gone SO wrong.. because it's a 'self-made' cake.. means, my own creation.. and Alhamdolillah I am very happy about it :)
I'd asked you all and the most votes were for the buttermilk chocolate cake... so here it is:
3 cups flour (100 grms each)
2 & half cups ground sugar (unground each cup 170grms)
1 cup cocoa powder (70grms)
1 & 1/3 cup oil (170 ml)
1 & 1/2 buttermilk (1&1/2 cup milk, mix with 1 tablsp white vinegar, stand 5 mins)
1 & 1/2 to 2 cups HOT coffee - less is more subtle.. u can add more if you wish.
1/2 tsp baking soda
3 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
I've written the measurements in grms but just for info, I used the same cup for everything..
Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar and cocoa, stir to mix
Add oil, buttermilk and whisked eggs
Make a smooth batter with the hot coffee. It will be a bit runny, but nevermind..
Fill in two pans equally and bake in a preheated oven at 175 for 20 mins. Please adjust according to your own oven temp. It doesnt take too long and should not be overbaked, will turn dry otherwise.
Cool, decorate with ganache..
1 bowl chopped chocolate
1 cup cream
Heat the cream till almost boiling. Take from heat. Add chopped chocolate. Stir until combined and keep whisking until all choc is melted and the ganache looks smooth.
Let it cool a bit and then beat well to thicken.
Cover the cake with as much as you can save from your children, or yourself :)