Quick Chocolate Cake

This is a great chocolate cake recipe, that makes very moist, chocolatey cake, all without making much of a mess (all ingredients are mixed in one saucepan on the stove). The cake is a consistency that makes it ideal for cake sculptures. The recipe comes from my mom, who got it from a Madame Benoit cookbook.

The batter is mixed entirely in one sauce pan. This recipe makes enough for one 9×15 pan or 2 8×8 pans.

Melt in sauce pan on low heat, stirring continuously:

          4 tbsp butter
          4 oz unsweetened chocolate
    

Add on burner:

          1 cup milk
    

Maintain low heat, stir until it thickens a bit.

Take off burner. Add in order:

          2 cups sugar
          1 tbsp vanilla
          2 egg yolks
    

Stir, then add:

          2 cups flour
          1/2 tsp salt
          2 tsp baking soda
    

When mixed, add

          1 cup milk
    

Bake at 350° F for about 25 minutes (until a wooden toothpick, inserted into the center of the cake, comes out relatively clean).

Icing

I prefer this cake as a two-layer cake with a sour cream icing in the middle, and whipped cream on the outside. This is a good combination, as the whipped cream isn’t too heavy.

The sour cream icing can be made by softening cream cheese, and adding to it powdered sugar and lemon juice to taste.

Sculpting

Any sculpting should be done after cake is layered, but before the outer icing is applied. Whipped cream can very easily be colored using food coloring, allowing one to decorate colorful cake sculptures.