Monday, March 19, 2012

Comfort Food Chocolate Cake

For when mama needs to indulge, this is the best chocolate cake I've ever made. Moist, chocolaty layers drenched in ganache! Sometimes a little chocolate just needs to happen.

4 oz unsweetened chocolate finely chopped
1 stick unsalted butter cut into 1" chunks
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 c sour cream
2 c unbleached all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 c superfine sugar
2 lg eggs
1 tsp vanilla
combined chocolate, butter and water in small saucepan whisking until it simmers and melts. Transfer to clean bowl and cool to room temp. In small bowl combine baking soda and sour cream and set aside for about 15-20 min. Position rack to center of oven and preheat to 350. butter and flour 2 9x2"round cake pans and line bottoms with parchment. In large bowl, combine flour, salt, and sugar with whisk. Add cooled chocolate and beat with electric mixer on low for about 1 min. Add eggs one at a time then add vanilla and sour cream mixture and beat until smooth. Pour runny mix into pans and bake 35-40 min. Cool in pans then turn out and slather with ganache! Ganache is sooooo easy to make and requires only chocolate and heavy cream. Google it, you'll see!

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