3 TIPS FOR AMAZING CHOCOLATE CAKES
I wrote this post in detail when I first started this blog. I used headings, spent my time editing, and gave detailed reasons why I chose each of these points.
Some technical fiasco that involved name servers, back ups and change of hosts meant I lost this post along with a few others to the black hole reserved on the internet as punishment for people who don’t back up their sites properly.
So I have now decided to fish some of those old blog post pictures out and rewrite those posts. Considering I am both impatient and bored easily, the quality of posts may suffer. But that is my revenge on the internet (that barely makes sense, but if you understood that, I’m so proud of me…and you)
Jokes aside, the following are definitely my most trusted tips for great chocolate cakes. As with most cakes, the result will depend tremendously on the recipe and how well it is followed. Most bakers try several before they settle on their favourites.
So here goes tip number 1
ADD A LITTLE COFFEE TO THE BATTER
I learned this tip years ago in an Ina Garten show where she did taste tests. Adding a little teaspoon or such to your chocolate cake batter will do wondrous things to the taste. By some magic (since I obviously don’t know what is actually happening) the coffee definitely adds a deeper depth to the flavor and brings out the chocolateness more. Make sure you dissolve the coffee first in a few tablespoons of warm milk or water.
USE THE BEST QUALITY INGREDIENTS
And by that I mean don’t buy value eggs and flour. Try and use butter instead of butter substitutes. And most importantly, use the best quality cocoa powder and chocolate you can manage. I’ve noticed flour and cocoa powder impact the taste most so don’t skimp on those. And the great quality cocoa and chocolate has noticeably different results.
USE RECIPES THAT USE CHOCOLATE ALONG WITH COCOA POWDER
Light chocolate sponges that are used in desserts normally don’t have chocolate as one of the ingredients. But a rich, decadent chocolate cake almost always has melted chocolate somewhere along the recipe. If you want a beautiful dessert that is rich and is moist, try out various recipes that incorporate actual chocolate along with cocoa and then choose your favourite.