Monday, October 25, 2010

Donna Hay's Moist Chocolate cake

I have this Donna Hay's book, modern basic book 2 for years but didn't try making her moist chocolate cake because I was put off with the amount of butter and chocolate that she used. Recently, I bought a baby springform round pan and thought of giving myself a mini treat this time for my birthday. Just a simple and moist chocolate birthday cake would be nice...

As I was expecting the cake to be really moist as much as its claim, I was actually very disappointed to see crumbs everywhere after I cut the cake. Maybe my expectation was too high, but overall I would say that the cake tasted pretty good.

  

lots of chocolaty crumbs everywhere...

Here's the recipe from Donna Hay modern Basic book 2

300g dark chocolate
250g butter
5 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/4 cup plain flour
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup almond meal

1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Line the base of 23 cm round cake tin with baking paper.
2. Place chocolate and butter in a saucepan over low heat and stir until melted and smooth. Set aside.
3. Place eggs and sugar in a bowl of electric mixer and beat 8-10 min or until pale and thick
Stir in flour and baking powder over through almond meal and chocolate mixture. Pour mixture into baking tin and bake for 50 min or until cooked when tested with skewer. Cool in tin.

I use 1/5 of the recipe to make a mini 10 cm diameter cake and bake it for 35 min.

Happy Baking

38 comments:

  1. Perhaps it's the different egg sizes? I had a similar result before, and then realised the eggs I used were smaller, so the batter was not as moist as it's supposed to be.

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  2. i hope you had a great birthday with the yummy cake!!

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  3. looks full of chocolate,this is very good for me!:)

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  4. Happy Birthday, Zoe! The cake looks very moist and delicious, with tender crumbs! I noticed that the amount of sugar is very little compared to other chocolate cakes. This would be the kind of cakes on my "to do list". Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Love your display! Your mini cake is so cute!

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  6. happy birthday zoe!! you are also a october baby? your cake looks good! chocolate is a treat everytime!

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  7. I'm by over with the deep colour of this cake, must be ultra chocolatey rich.

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  8. Hi Zoe,

    That looks so yummm...Beautiful...

    Dr.Sameena@

    www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com

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  9. Oh it's so cute!! The pink bow is very fashionable

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  10. Wish you belated happy birthday! Enjoy your mini moist chocolate cake! For me it's really looks nice and moist.

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  11. Looks great and yummy!!!

    Happy birthday to you, Zoe!! :)

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  12. sorry it didn't turn out like you had hoped baking and me don't mix so feel this way a lot lOL have a fab day

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  13. Looks like everyone of us are baking our own birthday cakes! You did a good job!

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  14. Very cute cake...love the idea!
    As usual you made amazing photos and presentation!

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  15. This is my first visit to your blog and it's lovely! I love the little chocolate cake you made for your self! Who cares what it looks like as long as it's good! If you'd like to "visit" me in New England I love company and new Followers are so exciting! You may want to check out my most recent blog . . . yum, yum, yum! I enjoyed my visit today!

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  16. wow! looks so moist and delicious! love the candle too~

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  17. Oh how delicious. The texture of the cake looks fabulous. And love dark chocolate too!

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  18. Super chocolatey sounds awesome! I've been baking too much pumpkin. The almond meal is an interesting touch! Thanks for visiting my blog!

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  19. Hi everyone, Thanks for all your wonderful comments. I had a wonderful happy birthday celebration and I did enjoy the chocolate cake for this special day.

    NEL: The egg that I used is 70g each and I think it is quite a standard size for baking. I'm guessing it's the recipe that is not as moist enough as I was expecting.

    Jess: Yup! I'm an October baby...I have lots of friends and family being October babies as well...got to eat lots of birthday cakes this month. LOL.

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  20. Ciao Zoe,

    thank you for the visit, I am also following you now :-)

    You may be new to blogging (I read your other profile) but you are doing a great job! Brava!

    Ciao
    Alessandra

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  21. The cake looks beautifully chocolately, delicious, and perfect for a kid's party. And very cute :)

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  22. Happy Birthday! This cake is so chocolaty, I am sure I will love it.

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  23. The cake looks so moist & delicious. Love the nutty flavour in it! Thanks for sharing.
    Kristy

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  24. Hi Zoe,
    That is so disappointing! but don't despair. It's all part of the growing pains with baking.
    You have a lovely blog and I am joining you. Thanks for your visit.
    Rita
    Happy Belated Birthday

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  25. Hi, great blog - thought I'd leave you some blog love - I don't usually watch master chef. but my 7 year old stayed up with me on sunday and I kid you not, a 9 year old on junior master chef contestant cooked a donna hay cake (then frosted it with choc cream cheese frosting and decorated it) So i have no excuse but to try it hey? Well, I just became your 70th follower (yay) come visit me @ http://louandjane.blogspot.com/ (and check out the ballet party post!) Jane:)

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  26. Happy belated birthday to you Zoe and thanks for dropping by my blog. That chocolate cake is beautifully decorated and looks delicious too.

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  27. happy birthday zoe! my dad's birthday just recently passed as well! lovely chocolate cake u've got there :D

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  28. Looks moist and chocolaty to me, yum! Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog, leading me to yours too!

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  29. Lovely! Perfect for the celebration!

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  30. At least it is still a pretty cake and tasted good. :)

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  31. Hi, Thanks everyone for your wonderful comments.

    Alessandra, Rita and Emily: Thanks for reading my profile and your support for following my blog. I feel that I'm still very junior in food blogging and has lots of learn. Hope to hear more from you in the future.

    Jane & Lou: Junior Masterchef rules! Thanks for visiting my blog and I hope to hear from you in the future.

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  32. Oh really? it sucks that when a cake claims to be moist and it's not...esp when you added so much butter and eggs as well...but i guess it all comes down to taste :) btw, the cake looks so cute on that huge plate hehe

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  33. Hi Zoe,

    I do not understand "Stir in flour and baking powder over through almond meal and chocolate mixture".

    Does it mean that
    a) stir in the flour and baking powder into the egg/sugar batter, then add in almond meal and chocolate mixture OR
    b) stir the flour and baking into the almond meal and chocolate mixture and pour this back into the egg/sugar batter?

    :)

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  34. Thanks Hanushi for pointing out the missing part of step 3 amd here is the right one:

    3. Place eggs and sugar in a bowl of electric mixer and beat 8-10 min or until pale and thick
    Sift in flour and baking powder over through egg mixture and gently fold through almond meal and chocolate mixture. Pour mixture into baking tin and bake for 50 min or until cooked when tested with skewer. Cool in tin.

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  35. Hi Zoe, thanks for popping over at my place specially to tell me the amended steps for the Chocolate Cake. Greatly appreciate your gesture, hugs!! :)

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  36. Looks like the perfect cake! Anything chocolate will do me! xx

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