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Basic Chocolate Cake

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One 8-inch cake (8 servings)
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Ingredients

Basic Chocolate Cake Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cup sifted cake flour
  • 1/3 cup dutch-process cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup strong brewed coffee, warm
  • 1/3 cup light olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon aged balsamic vinegar
  • Deep Chocolate Glaze Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cup sifted cake flour
  • 1/3 cup dutch-process cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup strong brewed coffee, warm
  • 1/3 cup light olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon aged balsamic vinegar
  • 8 ounce (1 1/3 cups) bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 4 tablespoon cold unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup
  • 1 cup heavy cream, plus 2 tablespoons
  • Chef notes

    Less is more when it comes to this basic cake batter. Use a whisk, but stir, rather than whip, the room-temperature ingredients together

    Preparation

    Baking Directions:

    Heat the oven to 400° F.

    Lightly coat an 8-inch round cake pan with softened butter and dust with all-purpose flour.

    Set aside.

    Whisk the cake flour, cocoa, baking soda, sugar, and salt together in a large bowl and set aside.

    Stir the coffee, oil, vanilla, and vinegar together and whisk into the flour mixture just until smooth.

    Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake in the center rack of the oven until a wooden skewer inserted in the center comes out clean — 25 to 30 minutes.

    Cool completely in the pan on a wire rack.

    Serve the cake, iced with about 1 cup Deep Chocolate Glaze.

    Cake can also be served plain alongside whipped cream or coffee ice cream.

    Prep Time:10 minutesTotal Time: 40 minutesDeep Chocolate GlazeThe key to a glistening glaze is to pour while it's warm, guiding it with a spoon toward the cake's sides, where it can drip in slow motion.

    Place the chocolate, butter, and corn syrup in a medium-size heatproof bowl.

    Bring the cream to a boil and pour it over the chocolate.

    Gently stir, using a whisk, until smooth.

    Use immediately.

    Tip: Make ahead and rewarm before glazing over a pan of simmering water.

    Yields: 2 cupsPrep Time: 10 minutesTotal Time: 10 minutes