Sunday, August 7, 2011

OMFG Chocolate Cake

The acronym comes courtesy of my friend Derek and his 8-year-old daughter, whose eyes bugged out when she tasted this. It is adapted from a recipe in the Hershey's Homemade cookbook, which I got in college after sending in a bunch of proofs of purchase from Hershey's cocoa containers. The adaptations are to make it dairy-free, and while they may sound weird, I assure you, "normal" eaters can't taste the difference.

2 cups organic sugar
1.75 cups all-purpose flour
0.75 cups cocoa powder
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 cup strong coffee
1 Tbsp white vinegar in 1 cup Silk Chocolate Almond Milk
1/2 cup canola oil
1 tsp vanilla extract

1. Heat oven to 350.
2. Prepare 2 9-inch round cake pans: cut rounds of parchment paper to fit in the bottom of each pan, then spray with canola and dust thoroughly with flour.
3. In a large mixer bowl, blend sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
4. Add eggs, coffee, vinegar/milk, oil and vanilla and beat on medium speed for 2 minutes (batter will be thin).
5. Pour into prepared pans and bake for 30-35 minutes, until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
6. Cool 10 minutes in pan, then remove from pan and cool completely on wire racks.

2/3 cups Earth Balance margarine
1 1/3 cups cocoa powder
5 1/3 cups powdered sugar
2/3 cups Silk Chocolate Almond Milk
2 tsp vanilla

In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, melt the margarine. Stir in the cocoa, stirring constantly, and being careful not to scorch it. Remove from heat, spoon into a large mixer bowl and cool completely. Add powdered sugar alternately with almond milk, beating to spreading consistency. Blend in vanilla. You may have to chill it a bit before frosting the cake (if you're cooking in a warm kitchen).


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