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Looking for a Scratch Dark Chocolate Cake Recipe

post #1 of 24
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I am looking for a scratch dark chocolate cake recipe that makes a moist, rich dense cake. I found a recipe that I loved like this a long time ago, but I have since lost it and would like to find another one.
post #2 of 24
http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Double-Chocolate-Layer-Cake-101275

This is an excellent dark chocolate cake.. moist and dense and very chocolatey.
post #3 of 24
Hi icon_smile.gif

This is the best dark choc cake I have ever had, it's rich, moist and dense, it makes A LOT of batter, the recipe is easily halved.

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Chocolate-Stout-Cake-107105
post #4 of 24
The double chocolate layer cake IS awesome...very dense, moist and delish...was a big hit at a painter's meeting last week with twinkee filling and bc. Hubby could only eat a small slice it is so rich...

I did have a problem with it sticking to my pans with just my regular bakers grease formula...you may want to line the bottom of your pans with parchment or with wax paper as the recipe suggests...

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Double-Chocolate-Layer-Cake-101275

I am going to try the other recipe too, thanks for posting it!
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post #5 of 24
I have to agree with everyone. This is my main chocolate cake recipe. The only negative...it's hard to carve so I use a different recipe for carving.
post #6 of 24
OK anyone who's seen me around here knows I can't resist chiming in with a vote for the "tweaked" Fidge Brownie cake as posted here http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopic-52587-30.html (it's at the top of p3). Ignore the part about it cracking and doming, that was taken from the site where I found the recipe but I haven't had that problem. It makes great cupcakes too.

I've made the double chocolate layer cake, the darn good chocolate cake, the hershey's perfectly chocolate cake, and who knows which others, and IMO this one is the darkest, richest, most chocolatey I've ever had and is my 100% go-to chocolate cake. It has turned me into a chocolate cake snob: at this point I've yet to find a bakery chocolate cake that I like better, so I don't even bother ordering chocolate cake when I'm out. (Fancy restaurants and souffl├ęs not included.)

I haven't tried the chocolate stout cake tania9 posted but have seen others here recommend it. At this point though, the FBC is SO good I have stopped looking for better, I just don't see how it can get any better icon_smile.gif. As always though, we all have different tastes! Interestingly enough even the original reviewers of that cake couldn't come to a consensus about which they preferred, the FBC or the DCL cake. So try them both!
post #7 of 24
The recipe on the Hersheys cocoa container is soooooo very rich and dense and so moist you have to dry your hands after handling it.
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post #8 of 24
Well I must admit I don't have a ton of experience trying lots of different recipes, but if you have a food scale then I have a really good chocolate cake recipe that has become my go-to, no fail recipe. The last few times I made it I tried the dishtowel trick from the Wanna Know a Secret thread and not only does it save cake, but it makes it even a tiny bit more dense - great for stacked cakes. It's not my recipe so I don't want to post it here, but if you PM me with your email address I can send it to you as a Word attachment.
post #9 of 24
Here are a couple of topics you might want to check out. Also, using a dark cocoa & coffee instead of water gives a richer taste.

http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-602014.html

http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-607324.html

http://forums.egullet.org/index.php?showtopic=41144 --the recipe for Scott Woolley's cake is about 1/3 the way down. I haven't tried it, but read a lot of good reviews & raves
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post #10 of 24
Ceshell, how much batter does the FBC make? Have you successfully doubled it & halved it? I would like to try it, but not a 10"---my waistline doesn't need that much cake icon_smile.gif
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post #11 of 24
For me the SWC cake, as adapted by the egulleters, makes 2 9" rounds as well as about...oh drats I forget how many cupcakes. 6? 8? 10? I really don't recall, but there IS overage. I fraction the recipe all of the time with no poor results. I usually 1/3 it since it has three eggs but I am not afraid to halve an egg icon_biggrin.gif. I can't double it because my mixer isn't big enough.

When I make 2 9" rounds I freeze the cupcakes and save them for snack attacks thumbs_up.gif. I used to only ice this cake in vanilla IMBC because it's sooo rich, I felt it needed something light to balance it. Then I dared to try it with ganache *insert drool noises*. I admit though, that was a little over-the-top for a lot of people! They loved it but they could only eat a sliver. So I gladly took the leftovers home LOL.
post #12 of 24
I just wanted to chime in and say that I have tried the recipe that ceshell recommended - the adapted Fudge Brownie Cake and it is now my families favorite cake (chocolate cake is all they ever ask for). It is rich, moist, dense...mmmm

I have also baked the Double Chocolate Layer Cake which is delish as well but I will only be baking the Fudge Brownie Cake in my house.
post #13 of 24
I hate it when threads like these pop up, it makes me want to go and bake that cake for myself! icon_biggrin.gif
post #14 of 24
I've been resisting the temptation all morning too!!! LOL

Does the texture change at all when you freeze it?

Thanks for recommending it.
post #15 of 24
So much for my diet~again!!

Thanks for the great links!
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