The ingredients are (please take note that I have adjusted the recipe from the original to make it smoother):
110gms spreadable butter
250ml whole milk (truly, it tastes best when you use whole milk and not semi skimmed)
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
100 - 120 gms plain / dark chocolate - melted
15 gms cocoa powder (here I used drinking chocolate) - sifted
300 gms self-raising flour - sifted
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda / baking powder - sifted
225 gms golden caster sugar
2 medium eggs
Chocolate Ganache Recipe: Chocolate Ganache
- Heat up the oven to 180 Degree Celcius / fan 160 / gas 4. Grease a 20cm round cake tin or line with baking paper. Alternative you may use cupcake trays and line with cupcake cups.
- Stir vinegar into milk, leave aside. Next beat butter and sugar till creamy (this means the butter looks pale almost like gold as the sugar dissolves into the butter. Add in eggs one by one and continue beating. This process is quickened with an electronic mixer but I prefer to do it by hand.
- Next add in the flour, bicarbonate of soda and cocoa powder that has been sifted earlier in portions and not at one go. Slowly mix whilst adding the milk mixture alongside the flour.
- Finally add in the melted chocolate. Don't use milk chocolate as the colour will not come out as dark as you would like it to be plus the additional milk in the milk chocolate only tends to fade the colour more.
- Once combined, spoon out on to desired baking tin and bake for about 50 minutes for the cake and about 25 minutes for the cupcakes. As cupcakes are in smaller portions the baking time does not need to be that much. Stick a toothpick into the centre of the cake to check whether some cake batter is still sticking or comes out clean. The latter means it is nice and fluffy and bouncy whilst the former means you'll have a gooey centre which is not a problem either. But if you are planning to make a layered cake, then a cleaner toothpick is much prefered.
- Decorate with chocolate ganache by using an icing pipe or simply using a spoon.
So here is my Christmas gift to everyone. I hope you have a fun time trying it as I have had the joy of baking it many times :)
Here's wishing you a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year and Many Many Many Happy Returns of the Day.
In yuletide joy,
The Innovative Baker