It seems like M and I drink a ton of hot chocolate in December. At least a couple times a week we settle into the couch with a big mug of hot chocolate with marshmallows and whip cream, and watch a Christmas movie. Now that the holidays are over our hot chocolate drinking days are behind us. Don't get me wrong, we still enjoy it, just don't drink it was frequently.
I found this recipe last week on Culinary Concoctions by Peabody. Yesterday when I needed a break from homework this was the perfect way to procrastinate. I was nervous about making this for a few reasons: 1) This recipe is from the Peabody, very intimidating for a novice like myself. 2) I've never made a chocolate cake from scratch and 3) I didn't have the correct size pan. Luckily, it turned out very good and brought the husbantor and myself back to the days of December.
Hot Chocolate Cake
from Culinary Concoctions by Peabody. You must go here to see her pictures, they're fabulous!
3 large eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup prepared hot chocolate(your favorite kind)
1 TBSP butter
1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 325F.
In a large bowl, beat together the eggs and sugar until very thick; the batter should fall from the beaters in a thick ribbon. Beat in the vanilla.
While you’re beating the eggs and sugar, heat the hot chocolate and butter in a small saucepan to just simmering. Add the hot chocolate mixture to the egg mixture in a slow, steady stream as you continue beating.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, stirring until they’re just combined.
Pour the batter into a lightly greased 9 inch cake round. I used an 8inch round Bake for 50 minutes, or until the cake is a deep golden brown and starting to pull away from the sides of the pan.
Remove the cake from the oven and cool it in the pan for 10-15 minutes. Run a knife around the sides of the pan.
I topped this off with whip cream and dark chocolate sauce.... Divine!