Remember the 1996 film Matilda? Remember the scene where Bruce Bogtrotter was forced to eat a huge chocolate cake? That cake made me daydream for decades. I wanted to learn how to bake. I wanted to make that moist chocolate cake. 

So when I got my oven, I started trying on different recipes. Fortunately, everything were edible, but not as moist as I wanted it to be. After months of research, I tried experimenting on my own.

So here’s a recipe that my little one approves!

Moist Chocolate Cake Recipe

What we need: 

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsps baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water + 1 tsp instant coffee
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Here’s how: 

  1. Beat mayonnaise and sugar. Set aside.
  2. Combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  3. Sift flour mixture twice.
  4. Add 1/3 of flour mixture to mayo mixture and add half of the water+coffee mixture. Repeat until just incorporated.
  5. Add vanilla.
  6. Grease pan.
  7. Pour batter.
  8. Tap cake pans to remove bubbles before baking.
  9. Oven at 176 degrees Celsius or 350 degrees Farenheit.
  10. Cooking time will depend on how big your pan is. Insert a cake tester or a wooden toothpick. If it comes off clean, your cake is done.
  11. Let it cool in a cooling rack.
  12. Frost your cake when cool enough. See Chocolate Ganache recipe.

Notes: 

  1. NEVER substitute sandwich spread for mayonnaise. Good lord, please don’t!
  2. I usually use two 6″ round cake pans for this one. If I need to make a big cake, I think one 9″ round pan will do.
Chocolate Ganache Recipe: 

What we need:

  • 500 grams bitter sweet or dark chocolate
  • 1 Nestle cream
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • Pinch of salt

Here’s How: 

  1. Chop chocolate. Set aside.
  2. Heat cream.
  3. Add chopped chocolate. Let it sit for 2 minutes.
  4. Mix thoroughly until smooth.
  5. Add the rest of the ingredients.
  6. Chill for minimum 6 hours, better if overnight.
  7. Whip it!
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