Chocolate Cake Recipe

1 1/2 cups (195 grams) all purposeflour

1 cup (200 grams) granulated whitesugar

1/4 cup (25 grams) unsweetenedcocoa powder(not Dutch-processed), sifted

1 teaspoonbaking powder

3/4 teaspoonbaking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup (75 grams) unsaltedbutter, melted

1 cup (240 ml) warm water

1 tablespoon lemon juice(or vinegar)

1 teaspoon purevanillaextract

Chocolate Frosting:

6 ounces (170 grams) semi-sweet chocolate, chopped

3/4 cup (180 ml) heavy cream(35% butterfat)

1 tablespoon unsalted butter, room temperature

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C) and place rack in center of oven.

In an ungreased 8 inch (20 cm) square cake pan, stir together the flour, sugar, sifted cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Add the melted butter, water, lemon juice, and vanilla extract. With a fork, mix all the ingredients together until well blended.

Bake in preheated oven for about30 minutes, or until the cake springs back when lightly pressed and a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool.

Frosting: Place the chopped chocolate, cream, and butter in a heatproof bowl. Place over a saucepan of simmering water and melt until smooth. Remove from heat and let stand at room temperature until it is of pouring consistency. Then pour the frosting over the cooled cake. Let stand until frosting has thickened.

Serves 8 – 10 people.

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