So here’s another one Maja, one of my biggest fans, will love. This cake once changed the course of a young boy’s life. Young Luke no direction, was into prescription drugs, and was headed for the wrong side of the tracks when he had this cake. OK none of that was true but he did really seem to like the cake. It was his birthday and he was never the same again…
3 cups flour
2 1/2 cups sugar
1 Tbsp + 1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/3 cups vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
3 large eggs
1 1/2 cups freshly brewed, strong hot coffee
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
24 oz. dark or semisweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups half and half
1/4 to 1/2 cup of dark beer
Preheat the old oven to 180 C (350 F).
This cake was an episode of pure love for me. The warning on this one is that it is not, as the say, terribly “health conscious.” There is a lot of sugar and oil and buttermilk in it but it turns out that’s what makes cake taste good. I mean, it’s a cake people. It’s not going to give you rock hard abs, thighs, or really, anything. What it will give you, is a large smile on your face and anyone within smelling distance may hurtle down the hall to bang on your door, demanding a piece. Just sayin’.
So to start, mix all of the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. I used a whisk. Mix the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and cocoa powder. Slowly blend in the oil, buttermilk and 3 eggs one by one. It will be really thick but do not despair. Little by little add the freshly brewed strong hot (hunka hunka burning love) coffee. It will be hard to incorporate by it will eventually mix in. Finally mix in the vanilla extract to complete the…wait for it…wait for it…BATTER! Taste some. I did…
Divide the batter in half pouring it into two 9 inch round cake pans. Given my nomadic nature, I was at the mercy of Mike and Luke’s kitchen and was forced to make two square cakes. It doesn’t matter. Just make them both the same size. Bake them for about 30-40 minutes until when you stick a knife or toothpick into them the toothpick comes out clean. Let them cool for about 10 minutes.
While they are cooking you can make the granche (chocolaty sauce). Place the chocolate chunks and cream and beer into a small metal bowl. On the stove take a large sauce pan and fill it about half way with water. Boil the water and place the metal bowl into it, like this:
Once it is well mixed, let it cool down in the refrigerator. Then place one of the cakes on a serving plate. Cover it with granche like you would cover me with kisses after I cooked you a fine meal. Then place the next layer on and cover with further granche. Once it is all covered, put that baby in the fridge till serving time. See the happy Luke?