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Friday, December 27, 2013

SOUR CHOCOLATE CAKE

It all started when I took my boys out for dinner.
The couple behind us ordered chocolate cake for dessert, but when we had finished our main course, it was time to go home, so there was no satisfying our sweet tooth at the restaurant. After my husband and I had been out for dinner, we came home to find our babysitter had made a special trip to the store to pick up a chocolate cake for the kids - apparently they had been asking, pleading and begging for chocolate cake!
I decided by that point, I wanted chocolate cake too - and this recipe sounded too good to pass up

SOUR CHOCOLATE CAKE


FOR THE CAKE
1/2 cup milk
1 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
3/4 cup shortening
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup cocoa powder
8 tablespoons butter
3 eggs, lightly beaten
FOR THE ICING
2 cups confectioners' sugar
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/4 cup milk
5 tablespoons butter

MAKE THE CAKE
Mix milk and vinegar in a bowl, let sit until slightly curdled, about 10 minutes.
Heat oven to 350F. Grease a 9 by 11 baking dish. Whisk flour, sugar, cinnamon, and baking soda in a bowl, make a well in the center. Bring shortening, cocoa powder, butter and 1/2 cup water to a boil in a saucepan. Cook, whisking constantly, until smooth, 5 to 7 minutes, let cool slightly. Whisk in milk mixture and eggs. Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients until a smooth batter forms. Pour batter into greased pan and smooth top. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes, let cool.
MAKE THE ICING
Whisk confectioners' sugar and cocoa powder in a bowl. Simmer milk and butter in a saucepan over medium heat utnil butter is melted, 3 to 4 minutes. Whisk in sugar mixture until smooth. Pour icing over cake, let set completely, about 30 minutes.
Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Saveur
www.saveur.com/‎

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