Recently, there was a birthday party invitation from my neighbour for her one-year old girl. But, I could not attend the party as it clashed with my cousin's wedding. Therefore, it was time to head the kitchen again. As I could not make it, it supposed I should give my neighbour something to make up for our absence (my son and I). What came into mind was- baking my ever favourite Chocolate Heaven. This recipe uses all-in-one method. All- in-one method means that you dump everything in your mixing bowl. This method requires you to use vegetable oil (be it canola or even olive oil- but it is better to use corn oil economically- coconut oil would be nice too), hot boiling water, and perhaps maybe milk or buttermilk ( you can substitute buttermilk by having a cup of fresh milk with the addition of 1 teaspoon of lemon juice -only lemon could do- or a teaspoon of cream of tartar).
If ever you are using the all-in-one method for baking cakes- the most important thing is you must only add the liquids towards the end of the mixing. Like in this case, adding the hot boiling water at the last part of the mixing process. I have used imported cocoa powder bought from the baking store and frost the cake using my lovely self- invented frosting, topped with chocolate chips, dessicated coconut and glazed cherry. Feel free to try my favourite frosting recipe.
Chocolate Heaven Frosting recipe
(using the double-boiler method- or you can just put heat-proof bowl on top of
simmering pot of water on the stove)
1 or 2 tablespoons of butter ( unsalted is better)
A pinch of salt
2 table spoons of sour cream ( get this in the supermarket section of dairy products)
2 tablespoons of cocoa powder (sifted)
2 or 3 tablespoon of caster sugar
1 bar of Cooking Chocolate ( you can just put half bar if you like -of 200g of cooking chocolate)
1 or 2 teaspoons of fresh milk
1) Add everything inside your bowl, put on top of simmering water.
2) Whisk them vigorously.
3) Adjust the sweetness and taste as to your liking.
P/s: I like the taste of bittersweet chocolate, thus the adding of extra cocoa powder.