Have you ever felt like making a chocolate cake for some ones birthday OR just to have around the house (this was always a fantasy of mine when I was a kid, so when I left home and had my own place I remember making a big chocolate cake, iced it and stuck it in my fridge where I could eat and look at it when ever I liked. As it happens it sat there for a few days and I only managed to eat half of it before I go sick of it and threw it out!)
My sister was up for the weekend and we were celebrating her birthday (which was in January but she couldn't get a flight until now). I knew she loves chocolate cake and all our furniture, pots/pans baking trays etc arrived from the States the day before her visit so I was adamant I was making her a chocolate birthday cake.
My one big problem was, I have at least 50 different chocolate cake recipes to choose from but not a favorite- that is until now. I managed to find a recipe I will make time and time again. It has my three criteria met:
1) It tastes moist and chocolaty
2) Easy to whip up
3) Delivers the WOW factor
I know there will be people out there with the BEST recipe and the most delicious, more chocolaty etc but I have finally found one I am really happy with and will use time and time again. I have to admit I was really looking forward to making, or more importantly eating the icing (frosting) but I had to for go it for my sisters cake as I totally flaked and didn't buy icing sugar (super fine sugar) due to the down pour of rain that continued to cascade until Tarsh left Sydney!
In the end I whipped up a chocolate cream that worked really well. The licorice all-sorts are a family favorite so they had to go on top. All in all the cake delivered the goods and we devoured it in two days which tells me it will be a family staple for years to come.
Our NEW Family Chocolate Cake Recipe is from the book 'The Complete Book Of BAKING' Edited by Deborah Gray
Due to copyright I cannot republish this recipe.