The mere mention of chocolate and cake in the same sentence is enough to get any one of us salivate. Chocolate and cake are both seen as comfort food; put them together and you have a sure shot winner on your hands. chocolate-cakeEveryone right from kids to adults seems to have a liking for this dessert, but not many of us know how to make it.

Things You Will Need

Making chocolate cake is rather easy and once the basic recipe has been mastered you can add to it by making several variations too. Follow the steps below and you will be able to create your dream chocolate cake –

Step 1

Begin by accumulating all the necessary ingredients for the cake. Of course the ratio of these ingredients will vary in accordance with the size of the cake, so keep this factor in mind. For a basic chocolate cake you will need, flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, eggs, milk, vanilla essence, water and also a pinch of salt.

Step 2

Grease the pan in which the cake is to be baked. You can put some butter on the base of the pan and use butter paper on the side in order to line the pan. Do not overlook this since a non-greased pan will not only burn the cake but will also make things difficult when you want to pull the cake out of the pan. Pre- heat the oven and place the pan in the oven.

Step 3

The trick to baking good cakes is investing time in mixing the barter. So begin by beating the eggs and the milk and the vanilla essence together. In another bowl mix all the dry ingredients for the cake and then add this beaten egg mixture to it. Beat this vigorously in one direction so as to catch as many air bubbles as possible. The better your cake barter, the better will be your cake.

Step 4

Pour this barter into the pan and bake till the cake is cooked. Mostly this will take about 40 minutes. Insert a toothpick in the center of the cake and if it comes out clean, your cake is cooked completely. Let it cool off and then invert the pan to pull the cake out. Ice it if you like, or decorate it according to convenience and preference.

This basic chocolate cake recipe is the basis for many other cakes that are chocolate based.

Tips & Warnings

As with most cooking, baking a chocolate dream cake takes practice. Don't expect to get it perfect on the first try. Watch your oven temperature and timer closely. Each oven is a bit different. Also, be absolutely sure to allow the cake to cool before icing. The icing is sure to melt if you do not and, trust me, this isn't a pretty sight. Experiment with the ingredients and enjoy yourself!