Monday, June 4, 2012

Chocolate Fudge Cake
1C all purpose flour
6 Tbsp. cocoa powder
½ tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. salt
1 stick unsalted butter, melted and warm
1-1/4C packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2C hot water

Chocolate icing/sauce
8 oz. bittersweet chocolate
1C cream
1/2C cream beaten with sugar and vanilla to taste (optional)

For the cake:  Preheat oven to 350F.  Line a 9x2-inch round cake pan with parchment and butter.  Pulse the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt together in a food processor.  In a large bowl, combine the melted butter and brown sugar, add the eggs and vanilla and stir until well blended.  Add the liquid ingredients to the flour mixture and pulse to combine.  Pulse in the hot water.  Turn the batter into the cake pan and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean – about 30 minutes.  Let cool on a rack for ten minutes.  Run a thin knife around the edge and invert cake, peel off parchment and invert onto the rack.  Place the rack over a baking sheet and let cool completely.

For the icing:  Bring the cream to a boil, add the chocolate and whisk gently until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth.   Pour the warm icing over the cake and spread it over the top of the cake and down the sides.  Let set for about an hour before serving.  Serve with any remaining icing and optional whipped cream.
MAKES:  8 – 10 servings

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