Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Breaking Out of A Rut Through Baking Moist Chocolate Cake!

by: Mhe-anne L. Ojeda

I was admittedly in a rut lately and trying to get out of it, by doing something new that are interesting. Glad I was able to read 42-practical-ways-to-improve-yourself and had been trying some of the suggestions there. Today, I did No. 3. Pick - up a new hobby - baking

And what better way to do Baking 101 than to bake my uber favorite moist chocolate cake with a good friend Raquel whom I haven't seen for awhile. We have been meaning to meet for this baking session and glad we finally got the chance on the Fourth of July holiday which coincided with a date invite by another old pal Raymond whom I have just met very recently. So while Raquel was my patient baking mentor, avid listener (to my lotza lotza stories) and eager confidante, Raymond was my driver, videographer, photographer and taster that day which turn out to be one of freedom - from boredom.

ingredients  for  chocolate Moist cake 
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated white sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk (created by mixing 1 cup milk and 1 1/2 tbsp white vinegar; let stand 5 minutes until thickened)
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 
  • 1 cup boiling water

  1. In the large bowl mix the dry ingredients - flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. 
  2. In a separate mixing bowl combine the wet ingredients - eggs, buttermilk, melted butter and vanilla extract and beat until smooth. Stir in boiling water.
  3. Pour batter evenly among the four pans and bake on middle rack of oven for about 35 minutes, until the cake detaches  around the edges of the pan (few moist crumbs along the pan).

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour four small baking pans and set aside.
  2. Allow to cool 15 minutes in pans, then run a butter knife around the edges of each cake. Place on a wire cooling rack. Wearing oven mitts, use both hands to hold the racks in place while flipping the cakes over onto the racks. Set the racks down and gently thump on the bottom of the pans until the cakes release. Cool completely before handling or frosting.

ingredients  for chocolate frosting 
  • 1/2 stick bar butter 
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla 

  • Procedure: Melt butter over boiling water then add cocoa powder and powdered sugar little at a time alternately with milk then add vanilla 

ingredients  for  ganache 
  • 227 grams semi-sweet bittersweet 
  • 3/4 cup all purpose cream
  • 2 tbsp butter 
  • Procedure: Chop chocolate bar. Heat cream but do not boil. Pour in chopped chocolate. 
Indeed, learning something new is a great way to get me out of a rut and this baking session  stretched me out in more ways than one - physically, mentally and emotionally. 


  1. galing naman, nasingit pa ako sa blog na ito... it was fun baking with you, pero mas fun yung kwentuhan, kaya daming nakalimutan gawin, hahahaha!!!
    mas magaling ka pang magbigay ng instructions sa akin...ikaw na!!!

    1. Yes, I agree ate Raquel that it was the "kuwentuhan" that made the baking session a lot more fun. It is the reason why I said the new hobby stretched me out emotionally - super great feeling to reunite with good friends like you and Raymond.We haven't really lost touch despite the long absence. And you know what? alam ko na kung bakit familiar sayo si Raymond - coz we attended the Sounds of Zion concert during the MIR Open House last June 18, 1991 according to my journal entry!

  2. Sorry coz while you guys are doing BAKING 101, I'm doing SLEEPING 101. But it's nice to wake up to freshly baked cake or cakes. Dapat maulit to. Next time awake througout the baking session. Hehe.

    1. ah yea - you were snoring soundly (as in with loud sounds hahaha). well at least you were awake when you need to be to take the pics, video and taste the super yummy moist cakes!

    2. that's SNORING 101 for you right icing on the cake.. hehe...

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