Basic Chocolate Cake

INGREDIENTS


PREPARATION

1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly coat an 8-inch round cake pan with softened butter and dust with all-purpose flour. Set aside. Whisk the cake flour, cocoa, baking soda, sugar, and salt together in a large bowl and set aside. Stir the coffee, oil, vanilla, and vinegar together and whisk into the flour mixture just until smooth.

2. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake in the center rack of the oven until a wooden skewer inserted in the center comes out clean — 25 to 30 minutes. Cool completely in the pan on a wire rack. Serve the cake, iced with about 1 cup Deep Chocolate Glaze (below). Cake can also be served plain alongside whipped cream or coffee ice cream.

Deep Chocolate Glaze

The key to a glistening glaze is to pour while it's warm, guiding it with a spoon toward the cake's sides, where it can drip in slow motion. Use this rich glaze to ice our Basic Chocolate Cake or Basic Vanilla Cake.

INGREDIENTS


PREPARATION

Place the chocolate, butter, and corn syrup in a medium-size heatproof bowl. Bring the cream to a boil and pour it over the chocolate. Gently stir, using a whisk, until smooth. Use immediately.

Tips & Techniques
Make ahead and re-warm before glazing over a pan of simmering water.