Jenni’s Go To Recipe for Chocolate Cake
You have heard me say time and again that I’m not much of a baker but hope some day I get the bug to create beautiful desserts. My oldest daughter Nell does love to bake and her younger sister Maddie loves chocolate cake. So I asked my friend Chef Jenni to come up with a delicious chocolate cake recipe Nell can prepare for Maddie (and me and mom too) that will be incredible.
Here is Chef Jenni’s “go to” recipe for Chocolate Cake. Thanks Jenni.
I have never done a scientific study on this issue, but I’m willing to bet that if I gave 100 people a choice between chocolate cake and white cake, the vast majority would choose the chocolate cake. What is it about chocolate cake that is so enticing? There is something soul satisfying about a thick slice of chocolate cake. Something that takes us back to childhood.
Of course, there are plenty of different kinds of chocolate cake””everything from dense barely sweetened flourless cakes to light-as-air soufflé cakes to towering layers. For me, the quintessential chocolate cake is a chocolate layer cake: two cake layers filled and frosted with chocolate frosting. Neither too dense nor overly light, a chocolate layer cake has a moist, velvety crumb that is just right with a tall glass of milk or a cup of coffee.
There are probably just as many favorite chocolate cakes as there are chocolate cake lovers out there. My go to recipe is Rose Levy Beranbaum’s Perfect All-American Chocolate Butter Cake from The Cake Bible. Since I prefer my chocolate cake to rise high and hold up to some serious frosting, I use The Creaming Method to put this cake together as opposed to Rose’s Two-Stage Method. If you like a very tender cake, use the Two-Stage Method.