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How to Bake a Chocolate Cake in the Oven

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A chocolate cake can complement your usual tea drinking or become a decoration for your festive table on a special occasion. In most cases, cooking this dessert is pretty easy if you keep in mind a couple of tricks: mixing the ingredients correctly, choosing the right baking sheet, and making sure the cake doesn’t get too dry in the oven.

5-Minute Crafts offers a vetted recipe for chocolate cake that can be mastered by anyone.

Kitchen utensils

  • 2 deep bowls

  • Sieve

  • Whisk

  • Wooden spatula

  • Pan for baking cakes or bread

Tip: In order to make it easier to remove the cake from the pan, grease it with sunflower oil or put baking paper inside before using it. The bigger your baking form is, the more time you will require to bake the cake. And vice versa — if you pour the dough into a muffin pan, the baking process will only take 15 minutes.

Ingredients

  • Wheat flour — 250 g

  • Sugar — 250 g

  • Cocoa — 190 g

  • Baking soda — 2 tsp

  • Baking powder — 1 tsp

  • Vanilla extract — 1 tsp

  • Salt — 1 tsp

  • Sunflower oil — 200 ml

  • Milk — 230 ml

  • Black coffee — 200 ml

  • Eggs — 2

Prep time — 50 minutes

How to cook

1. Pour all of the dry ingredients into a deep bowl after sifting them all through the sieve.

2. Mix everything with a wooden spatula so that you get a homogenous dry mixture.

3. Pour milk and oil into a separate deep bowl and add the eggs. Mix well with the help of a whisk until smooth — slightly whipping the mass.

4. Gradually add the dry mixture to the liquid mass and carefully stir everything with the whisk. Leave it for 10-15 minutes. Pre-heat the oven to 370°F.

5. Cool down 200 ml of regular black coffee. Pour it into the dough and mix again until you get an even chocolate mass.

Tip: You can add espresso instead of black coffee. At this stage, you could also add chopped or grated chocolate, candied fruit, or other add-ins into the dough.

6. Pour the chocolate mixture into the baking sheet/pan and place it in the oven for 25-30 minutes. The finished cake should be soft and moist on the inside, but slightly dry on the outside.

Tip: you can check to see whether the cake is ready if you pierce it with a toothpick. If the toothpick is dry and has no traces of liquid dough, it means the cake is ready.

If you want you can sprinkle the cake with powdered sugar, drizzle it with a chocolate glaze, or decorate it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream before serving.

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