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Chocolate cake recipes that taste like chocolate not cocoa

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
I've tried several recipes from here, Cake Boss cookbook, martha stewart cookbook, food network & online ....just to name a few & haven't found a chocolate cake/cupcake recipe that actually taste like yummy chocolate. they either taste like cocoa or coffee. I've made box mix choc. cake & it taste like chocolate.....anyone have any suggestions how I can achieve yummy chocolate flavor.
post #2 of 18
Have you tried the double layer chocolate cake from epicurious? It's amazing! And I think it has a very chocolate-y flavor, not just a subtle cocoa!
post #3 of 18
Look for recipes that have melted chocolate in the recipes.

Another option you may want to pursue is using a premium cocoa. I use Hershey's in my basic cake, but use Sharffen Berger in my premium cakes. It is a world of difference. Two other great ones are Pernigotti and Guittard Cocoa Rouge (Dtch Process).
post #4 of 18
Look for recipes that have melted chocolate in the recipes.

Another option you may want to pursue is using a premium cocoa. I use Hershey's in my basic cake, but use Sharffen Berger in my premium cakes. It is a world of difference. Two other great ones are Pernigotti and Guittard Cocoa Rouge (Dutch Process).
post #5 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the info.....where can I find those brands of cocoa? don't think I've seen them at the local store.
post #6 of 18
Have you ever tried this recipe?
http://cakecentral.com/recipe/cappuccino-triple-chocolate-sour-cream-pound-cake
I LOVE this cake. After trying a number of different chocolate cake recipes both doctored mix & from scratch, I was still not happy with the flavor. I really love this one and so did everyone else who had it. Almost reminds me of a brownie. Yummy--If you try it, she notes at the bottom that she has increased the flour to 3 cups which is what I did. Was very happy with the crumb.
post #7 of 18
I agree with JaeRodriguez, the Double Chocolate Layer Cake from Epicurious is the best true chocolate cake I've tried. It's rich and chocolately, but not dense, fudgey, or brownie-like as some chocolate cakes can be. Instead, it is light & delicate, and very chocolatey, just like you want a cake to be. Here is the link to the recipe:

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

Also, here's a review from my favorite foodie blog, Smitten Kitchen, and her assessment of this chocolate bliss:

http://smittenkitchen.com/2007/07/you-are-owed-chocolate-cake/

Hope this helps!
post #8 of 18
I gotta give another vote for the double chocolate layer from Epicurios. And it is about the quality of choclate. In my opinion, Hershey's is a crap chocolate. I know it's the standard go to, but it's not very good. I use Ghiradelli's. Schaffen Berger is also a good one. Remember, with chocolate cake, it's ALL about the quality of the chocolate you use.
post #9 of 18
Agreed, the quality of chocolate makes all the difference. My faves are El Ray, Scharffeb Berger, & Valrhona. Although spendy, they make a huge difference in the quality of the final product. And isn't chocolate heaven what we're after for when we make this?
post #10 of 18
Oh yeah! Valrhona! I forgot that one. They are pricey, but I gurantee you will get a huge difference in flavor.
post #11 of 18
I looked up the double chocolate cake on epicurious. It looks amazing. I have a question, though. I have the Vahlrona cocoa, but it is Dutch process - the recipe calls for a cocoa that is natural, not Dutch process. Is there any way I can use my good cocoa in this recipe? Thanks for any help!
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post #12 of 18
In a nutshell, no, generally you can't substitute Dutch process cocoa for natural cocoa. Dutch process cocoa powder is made from cocoa beans that have been washed with a potassium solution to neutralize their acidity. Natural cocoa powder are beans that have been roasted & ground. Because natural cocoa powder hasn't had its acidity tempered, it's paired with baking soda in batter recipes. Dutch process cocoa is paired with baking powder. While I love Valhrona, Schaffer Berger is a good natural cocoa you might try in this case. You can, however, use Valhrona chocolate for the melted chocolate in the recipe.

If anyone can offer their expertise on how to successfully tweak the leaveners in the recipe so that it can work with Dutch process cocoa, I would LOVE to learn.

(PS, the double chocolate layer cake is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!)
post #13 of 18
When it's not stated, how do we find out the cocoa is Dutch processed or not?
post #14 of 18
After reading some of the comments on the double chocolate cake - I noticed that some stated they had used Dutch process cocoa in the recipe. This led me to a google search on how to substitute Dutch process cocoa for natural cocoa in a recipe. Here is what I found:
According to "The King Arthur Flour Baker's Companion":
"If a recipe calls for natural cocoa and baking soda and you want to use Dutch-process cocoa, substitute an equal amount of Dutch-process cocoa but replace the soda with twice the amount of baking powder. If the recipe calls for Dutch-process cocoa powder and baking powder, substitute the same amount of natural cocoa but replace the baking powder with half the amount of baking soda."
If you are interested in reading the original article, it can be found here:
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/dailydish/2012/02/test-kitchen-tips-natural-versus-dutch-process-cocoa.html#comments
I haven't tried this myself so I can't say for sure, but I plan on making the double chocolate layer cake next week using my Valrhona, so I'll let you know how it goes!

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post #15 of 18
I bake only recipes that call for the cocoa to be mixed with boiling water. I am sloppy/generous with the measurement of cocoa, and it turns into a rich paste with the water. The cake always tastes like real chocolate when only the normal amount of vanilla is added--no coffee, no salt, no other tricks.

I don't bother converting recipes from Dutch to natural. In my experience, if there is baking powder or egg white meringue in the recipe, there is no difference. I grab whatever is handy.
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