When I think of Valentine’s Day I think of chocolate. It’s hard to get a good MOIST homemade chocolate cake unless you are using a box recipe which has all the preservatives and a big list of ingredients in the back of the package that right away gives you a red flag. This year one of my resolutions is to use more clean ingredients, pay more attention to the labels and try to live a healthier life. Don’t take me wrong…I can indulge myself and my family with desserts and big meals but at least using real ingredients will start getting me somewhere, right?
Here is a fabulous recipe of a scratch and very easy chocolate cake. Probably one if the most moist cakes you have ever had. Simply delicious! You can add just some powder sugar on top to decorate or make a quick ganache if you want to dress your cake a little more. I bet you it will become one of your favorites as well
My super Moist Chocolate cake
1 1/2 cups of oil
1 1/2 cups of buttermilk (or you can have 1 1/2 cups of whole milk and add 2 tbsp of white vinegar and mix together)
1 tsp of vanilla extract
3 cups of flour
2 tsp of baking soda
1 cup of cocoa
1 tsp if salt
2 1/2 cups of sugar
Preheat oven at 350. Mix eggs, oil, milk and vanilla with a wooden spoon. On the side sift all dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, cocoa and salt. Mix all dry ingredients to the wet mixture and combined very well. Finally add the sugar all at once and mix really quick until all is well combined. Pour batter into a 9″round or 9×9 square cake pan previously greased and floured. Make sure you follow these instructions and the way the ingredients have to be added since that’s the secret to get this moist recipe. Bake for about 45 minutes to an hour (depending on oven). Just insert one wooden toothpick and when it comes out clean is ready.
If you want to add some richness to the cake make a quick ganache:
Heat up 3 cups of heavy cream until very hot, add 2 tsp of vanilla extract. Remove from heat and add 24oz of semisweet chocolate and mix until chocolate is completely melted. Pour ganache on top of chocolate cake (once cake cool off) and let drip through the sides. It will get harden as ganache cools off. Decorate with fresh strawberries, cherries or fruit of preference. Enjoy!