The Simple Cake

That day, when I was writing the “coffee” post, I started craving for a freshly made chocolate cake. Well because let me tell you something.. If your taste buds are tickling with some minor munching need or some not so heavy pastries there’s nothing better for you than a chocolate cake served with garam garam chaye!

The problem with that is.. we can’t always drive to a patisserie and get a fresh cake. But if you’re playing the possibility cards right, you might get yourself some dumb cold cake that checks the chocolate box for you and puts your desire of pointless sweet craving to an end. But believe me you, jo ghar k bnay cake ki bat hay wo kisi cake ki nhi hoty! If you already have tried making a cake and have ended up with statements like it isn’t always evenly risen, it smells of an egg or whatever. Take a look at the recipe before you because you just got lucky! I’m starting the recipes section by the easiest recipe to a well-baked chocolate cake.

I’ll start off by listing out the ingredients and the quantity that is to be used and then I’ll add in a few tips and tricks that can make things easier for you.

Ingredients: 

Flour – 2 cups.
Sugar (powdered) – 2 cups.
Baking powder – 1 1/2 teaspoon.
Cocoa powder – 3/4 cup (Depends on how dense you want your cake though. Increase or decrease the quantity accordingly..)
Salt – a pinch.
Eggs – 4
Oil – 1 cup.
Milk – 1 cup.
Vanilla essence – a few drops only.

Method: 
Start by adding the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder and cocoa) in a bowl and mix them together.

  • When done, take another bowl.. a deeper one this time. Add in the eggs, oil, milk and vanilla essence together and beat until foamy. And by foamy, I mean the state where there are bubbles all over the place.
  • Add in the dry ingredients to the foamed mixture and beat till the granulated effect is gone. (Use a beater for better results but if you can’t seem to find it, use a folding spoon instead).

The consistency matters here btw. Make sure the batter isn’t very runny or the cake will be very dense and heavy… which might be how you like your cakes. But for me, a good batter is thick and well mixed because the cake that comes out of the oven is light and fluffy. *_* 

Anyways, where were we.. acha han..

  • When you feel you’ll be done with the batter in about 5 to 6 minutes, preheat your oven at 180C.
  • Line your pan with butter paper and then grease it with a little oil. Pour the batter into the pan and set it in the oven to grow into a well baked, delicious chocolate cake!

The time required varies with the consistency of your batter so keep checking every 15 minutes to ensure that the cake stays moist and is not over-baked or burnt in the worst case scenario.

Tip: Insert a toothpick half way through the cake when in the oven. If it comes out with the sticky batter, your cake is still undercooked. But if it comes out clean.. Well you know all you’ll be left with then would be a cup of coffee or may be chaye! 

Pretty simple isn’t it? 

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