Decadent chocolate cake

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Yes it is September and yess it is my birthday and also the birthday of two of my favorite people in the world..my two lovely cousins Mennat and Dina, as well as  a lot of dear friends and relatives..pretty much every day in the month of September it is the birthday of someone dear to me..now i know that is my birthday and i was supposed to back up and just be pampered which definitely happened but i just wanted to make something homemade,rustic and absolutely delicious..i was just in the mood for it especially that i have had a long time not making any dessert so i was very exited..i would describe my cake as very moist ,chocolaty rich and soo cheerfull..so enough talking..here is how i made it:

INGREDIENTS:

The cake:

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 3 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup sour cream or yogurt
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract

the frosting:

  • 2 sticks butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 10 ounces of dark chocolate 70 % cocoa
  • 10 ounces of semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons of golden syrup or honey to give a shine

the syrup:

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp orange zest

METHOD:

  1. 1st i like to make the cake because i can simply leave in in the fridge or even the freezer for a day or two until i am ready to assemble the cake which actually moisten the cake even more..so preheat the oven 350 degree F (160 Celsius)
  2. prepare 2 8 inch round baking pans lining them with parchment paper and butterDSC_0198
  3. start by combining all the dry ingredients ,sifting them then set them aside..
  4. mix the butter and sugar together with an electric mixer for about 10 mins until light and fluffyDSC_0199
  5. add the eggs one at a time with the vanilla extract alternating with the milk,sour cream and lemon juice until you have added all the amount.DSC_0204
  6. now add the dry ingredients to the wet ones and mix until combinedDSC_0209
  7. divide the batter between the two pansDSC_0210
  8. bake for 45 mins to an hour until a tooth pick comes out clean..this will be a dark rich chocolaty cakeDSC_0213
  9. leave the cake in the pan for about 15 mins then take out on a cooling rack and cover with a paper towel to keep moistDSC_0215
  10. at this stage you can refrigerate the cake until ready to assemble
  11. Now make the syrup by adding all the ingredients in a saucepan on the stove until the sugar dissolve and boils for 5 mins then leave to cool slightly
  12. And now start making the frosting by boiling the milk
  13. grind the chocolates in the food processor then poor over boiling milk..mix until the chocolate melted..then add the butter..vanilla..pinch of salt..and golden syrup and mix
  14. put your frosting in a bowl and and let it set at room temperature to gain the right consistency which will take an hour or two..
  15. now everything is ready to assemble so take the cakes..remove the thin top layer of the cakes then slice both cakes into two layers…
  16. put the bottom layer..brush over drops of the syrup..don’t over soak the cake
  17. add a thin layer of the chocolate frosting
  18. then top with 2nd layer of cake and repeat until the top.
  19. now poor 3 big dollop of frosting and start spreading them  on top and slide to cover the sides of the cakeDSC_0222
  20. now start decorating but put the frosting in a piping bag and start piping ltlle button then spread with a small teaspoon and repeatDSC_0229DSC_0232DSC_0233DSC_0234DSC_0235DSC_0239DSC_0240DSC_0237DSC_0244DSC_0012DSC_0015DSC_0024DSC_0026

Now this cake is done and you are ready to taste the deliciousness after the hard work even thought it was easy and enjoyable..Make this cake for a special occasion dear to your heart and what a great way..even do it for your own birthday..you deserve it:))

BONNE APPETIT:))

 

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