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Chocolate Cake

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Baker Sylvia Weinstock, of Sylvia Weinstock Cakes, Ltd in New York City, demonstrates how to make the perfect chocolate cake. She'll also show us how she makes the fabulous sugar flowers that adorn her creations.
  Vanilla 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Water 2⁄3 Cup (10.67 tbs)
  Unsweetened cocoa powder 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)
  Sweet butter 1 Pound (At Room Temperature)
  Sugar 2 1⁄3 Cup (37.33 tbs)
  Eggs 12 Large
  Unsweetened chocolate 11 1⁄2 Ounce, melted
  Cake flour 2 1⁄2 Cup (40 tbs)
  Baking soda 1 Tablespoon

This is delicious, and will stay fresh and moist for up to 6 days. The key to this cake is the double hit of chocolate, a cocoa-powder fudge, and additional melted chocolate. This cake will bake at 300 degrees for a long time- it is dense and requires a slower oven. Make sure the fudge mixture is at room temperature before you add it to the rest of the recipe.

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Butter the baking pans and line them with parchment. In a small saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Pour the boiling water into a bowl and add the cocoa powder and the vanilla, whisking vigorously until the mixture is smooth and no lumps remain. Set aside and let mixture cool to room temperature. In a standing mixer, cream the butter on medium speed for 3 minutes. Add sugar and mix for another 3 minutes, or until the batter is light in color and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula. Add the melted chocolate and mix on medium speed for 1 minute, until all the chocolate is incorporated. Sift the flour and baking soda together. Reduce the mixer speed to low, and alternate adding the flour and the cocoa mixtures. Pour into the prepared pans. Bake an 8-inch cake for 60 to 70 minutes at 300 degrees; a 12-inch cake may take two hours. This cake is dense and bakes more evenly in a slower oven. Test for doneness with a skewer inserted in the center of the cake- it should come out clean.

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Recipe Summary

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Lacto Ovo Vegetarian
Cocoa, Milk Product
See this outstanding video that demonstrates how to make the perfect chocolate cake. The chef show us how to make the fabulous sugar flowers that adorn her creations. The video is wonderfully presented and offers an excellent treat for your holidays!

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: Complete recipe

Calories 9529 Calories from Fat 5469

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 629 g968.1%

Saturated Fat 371.6 g1858%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 3513.1 mg1171%

Sodium 5114.8 mg213.1%

Total Carbohydrates 976 g325.4%

Dietary Fiber 152.6 g610.3%

Sugars 483.8 g

Protein 208 g416.7%

Vitamin A 285.2% Vitamin C

Calcium 125.5% Iron 515.8%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

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