Thursday, March 28, 2013
It's my mom's Birthday today (March 28). Who said we can't enjoy her birthday because its Holy Week? No one can stop us from making this day special for our mom who is celebrating her 56th Birthday.
When I woke up this morning (about 10 o'clock) my mom went to Antipolo Church for her birthday. Well, I think she's having this Birthday Blues (as what my sister is telling). Oh, speaking of my sister, I think she's sick. She's doing the laundry! (All our clothes! She better take her medicine.)
While she's doing the laundry, I started preparing the chocolate cake. I used mayonnaise in my chocolate cake as this gives more fats to my cake (more fats equals more moistness). Do not worry, you won't be able to taste the mayo. Since I like my icing to be sticky and a bit creamy and milky, I used a recipe using condensed milk and chocolate.
Well, I'm trying to achieve the moistness and chocolaty flavor of Ms. Polly's Chocolate Cake. One of my favorite comfort food. I still remember this one time when I'm stressed at my work. I went to Robinson Galleria just to ate a sliced of Ms. Polly's Cake just to relieved myself from stress. Believe me, it works for me.
2 cups All Purpose Flour
2 cups Sugar
3/4 cups Cocoa Powder (I used the Tulip Brand)
2 teaspoons Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Salt
2 pieces Eggs
1 cup Milk
1 cup Vegetable Oil
1/2 cup Mayo
1 Tablespoon Instant Coffee dissolved in
1 cup Warm Water
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1 can Condensed Milk (I used Alaska Condensed Milk. Next time I'll used
Milkmade to see the difference)
2 oz Bittersweet Chocolate (Use unsweetened chocolate to reduced the
sweetness. I used bittersweet because its the only chocolate I have now.)
2 Tablespoons Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
pinch Rock Salt
2 Tablespoons Butter
Procedure for the Cake
1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees Celsius. Combine dry ingredients and shift to remove lumps. Whisk with a wire whisk to combine all the dry ingredients.
2. Beat eggs, milk, oil and mayo until well incorporated. Add coffee-water mixture and vanilla. Mix gently.
3. Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients 1/4 cup at a time with medium stirring, just enough to incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
4. When all the dry ingredients are mixed into the wet ingredients, transfer in 3 pieces 8 x 8 round baking pan. Give it a gentle tap just to remove some bubbles and give your batter at least 15 minute rest. (I usually rest my batter after giving it a few taps to give time for the bubbles at the bottom of the pan to rise.)
Pop in the oven and bake for 18 - 20 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean. (18 minutes works for me)
How to Prepare Your Pan?
Cut a round parchment paper, the size of the bottom of the pan (I used regular bond paper as I run out of parchment paper). Grease the sides of the pan and sprinkle flour until the sides are covered with flour.
5. Cool the cakes in a wire rack for 30 minutes before removing the cake form the pan. (I forgot to take photo of my just-baked round cakes but mine got domed. So what I did was to trim the two batches of the cake to removed the dome and used the other one as is, as it will be my top layer.)
Procedure for the Icing
1. Combine the condensed milk, chocolate and cocoa powder in a pan. Heat over low heat with continuous stirring for 7 minutes. Add rock salt and stir for another 2 minutes. Then add the butter and stir for another 1 minute, all in all a 10 minute process. Pour over cakes while still hot.
1. Place the bottom layer on your cake rack. Pour 1/4 cup of the icing over the first layer and spread. This will serve as an adhesive for the first and second layer.
2. Place the second layer over the first layer with the icing layer on in. Pour another 1/4 cup of the icing over the second layer and spread.
3. Place the top layer. pour all of the remaining icing and spread all over the top and side. Cool for another 30 minutes before topping with shaved chocolates or decorate it as you wish. (As you can see, I have a poor artistic side, so I just spread the icing over the top and side and topped it with chopped bittersweet chocolate.)
HOW DOES IT TASTE?
I liked the moistness of the cake and I think I should add more mayo, about another half cup, to add more moistness to it like Ms. Polly's Chocolate Cake. (I don't know if my sister is joking, but when she tasted it she had this "Mmmmm!" moment and commented its like the chocolate cake of red ribbon - minus the design.) The icing, is really good and I think I should have used unsweetened chocolate as my mom find it too sweet, but for me its about 70% closer to Ms. Polly's Icing. I like its consistency, the sticky, sweet and chocolaty flavor. But I think next time I'll add another tablespoon of cocoa powder for more chocolaty flavor (I want my chocolate cake icing to have that chocolaty flavor to die for).
All in all, I think this is a good recipe for a first timer (minus the decoration of the cake - I think I should enroll in cake decoration). Maybe next time, instead of doing three layers, I'll just divide the batter into two portion or two layer and increase its cooking time by 25 to 30 minutes.
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