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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Mimsy's Black Cake

This is a decadant, dense, incredibly delicious dark chocolate cake to die for. Please make it for my birthday every year. The fudge frosting is made from heavy cream, butter and unsweetened chocolate, and the cake is amazingly easy to make, using powdered dark chocolate and oil. The batter is very thin and soupy, so be careful not to open the oven too early or dance the jig while it's cooking, or the cake might fall.

2 cups sugar
1 3/4 cups flour
3/4 cups dark chocolate cocoa powder
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp soda
1/2 cup oil (canola)
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1 cup hot water

Combine dry ingredients and mix in oil, eggs, and milk until smooth. Add hot water. Batter will be thin. Place in greased 9 x 13" baking pan. Cook in preheated 350ºF oven for 35 - 40 minutes. Frost when completely cooled.

Fudge Frosting:

1 1/4 cups sugar
1 cup cream
5 oz unsweetened chocolate
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 tsp vanilla

Combine the sugar and cream in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Simmer for 6 minutes. Add the butter and chocolate until melted. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Place in refrigerator and completely cool, stirring occasionally while cooling. You probably want to make this before you make the cake because it takes a while to cool and firm up. Delicious.

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