Yesterday was special.. very special, my daughter's birthday! I simply cannot believe how the time has flown since she entered into our lives.. six years ago!
So on her "actual" birthday, I decided to give her a little surprise at home with "her most favorite" chocolate cake. She loves chocolate (who doesn't).. she loves chocolate frosting (chocolate on chocolate .. YUMMMM!!).. and she loves color sprinkles. So, without a doubt the cake is all about her .. right, it has to be.. a cake to surprise her and to satisfy her!! Now, it was all on me.. to keep the surprise, bake the cake while she was at school and sneak it until the dad comes back from office to join the celebrations!
Finally, when she got to see the cake, she couldn't believe that it was made at home. She was amazed, she was very happy and not to forget, the cake was super delicious. A job neatly done.. pheww!!
Complexity - Medium
Prep time - 30 mins
Cook time - 1.5 hrs (includes decorating)
Serves - 9 inch cake
All purpose flour - 1.5 cups minus 3 tbsp
Corn starch - 3 tbsp
Cocoa powder - 3 tbsp (I used Hershey's)
Sugar - 1 cup
Oil - 1/4 cup
Water - 1 cup
Lemon juice - 1 tbsp
Baking soda - 1 tsp
Salt - 1/4 tsp
Vanilla extract - 1/2 tbsp
Heavy cream - 1 cup
Semi-sweet chocolate - 8 ounces (coarsely chopped, I used ghirardelli)
Unsalted butter - 1 tbsp
Sugar - 1/4 cup
Color sprinkles - as needed
Any other decorating supplies that you like / have.
Preheat oven to 350 deg F. Grease a 9 inch baking pan with 1-2 tsp oil, dust with some all-purpose flour and keep it aside.
Sieve thrice all-purpose flour, corn starch, baking soda, cocoa powder to ensure even mixing.
Dissolve sugar & salt in water, and then add the rest of the wet ingredients (oil, lemon juice, vanilla extract) and mix well.
Slowly add the dry ingredients over the wet ingredients and mix to combine.
Pour the mixture into the greased pan and bake for 30-35 mins or until a tooth-pick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Let it cool, de-mould from the baking pan and let it cool completely in the racks before starting to decorate the cake.
Take heavy cream in a small sauce-pan and bring it to a simmer on medium heat. Pour over the coarsely chopped chocolate and stir until the chocolate completely melts.
Add sugar & butter (while the mixture is still warm) and mix until well combined.
Let it cool in the refrigerator before use.
Horizontally cut the cake into two halves. Using a spatula, smooth as much as ganache you would like on the top side of the bottom half. Next place the other half of the cake on top and smooth ganache on the top & the sides. Next, decorate as you would like and enjoy!!
- If you are not sure about cutting equal halves, divide the batter into two portions and bake in 2 different pans (same sized).
- I chose color sprinkles for decoration as my daughter loves it, and as for you .. go crazy with your imagination!!