If you want to get a head start on your holiday decorating this year, you can start with one of the most popular ones – Choclate Cake. This is one of those desserts that will not only satisfy taste buds but also be functional as well. Most families will eat this desert when company comes over to visit or just to break up the monotony of the Christmas season. It can be made for any occasion and for any special person in the family to bring joy to this special occasion. Here’s how to make one.
Basic Baking Pans
First, you’ll need several basic baking pans. You can choose to buy new or gently used ones. Just remember not to spend too much money on fancy pans that you can’t even use for baking. Even though you have to pay more for them, they are worth it. They won’t break easily and they will last a long time. Also, buying new pans will prevent you from buying another one three years from now because your first one was too flimsy.
Next, you need to gather some of the essentials for this type of cake. For example, you need a mixer and a mixing bowl. There is nothing worse than having to scrape chocolate chips out of your pans. As well, any chocolates that are left over should be stored in the refrigerator so that they do not melt.
Traditional Chocolate Chips
Of course, baking chocolate cake is not complete without the traditional chocolate chips. You need to have at least two cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips. If you want to add more sugar, you can do that afterwards so that your cake can have a smoother feel.
The second ingredient you’ll need is butter. You will have to soften it before adding it to the recipe. It does not have to be very much, just enough to help get the chocolate into the batter. Another important note: Never use shortening or any petroleum-based cooking oils. These can actually interfere with the absorption of nutrients from the chocolate.
Gather Some Baking Cocoa
Lastly, you will want to gather some baking cocoa. This is a great little by-product of the chocolate making process. It can be found in almost any store that sells baking supplies. It is usually sold in small bottles, so make sure you do your homework by reading the label carefully.
Before baking your cake, allow it to cool completely before you remove it from the oven. This is even more important if you are using heavy or large baking pans. You can put them in the cold water for five to ten minutes to make sure they are ready the next time you want to bake a cake. If you have a microwave, this will save you even more time.
Baking a choclate cake is relatively easy. You will need some baking powder, an unbaked chocolate cake and a non-stick cooking spray. Simply mix up all the ingredients and let them soak for at least one hour before you bake the cake. Once the cake has baking time, preheat the oven, line the bottom of the pan with the baking spray and pop in the cake. Allow it to cook for the amount of time specified and once done, simply remove from the pan and let it cool off.