Sibling Baby Shower Chocolate Cake
Let Siblings Help with the Baby Shower
With all the attention on the coming attraction, a big sibling baby shower can help your older children feel they are part of the celebration and make them feel special. Get them involved in helping with the decorations and meal planning for the shower. They will love being part of mom’s big day!
All children love chocolate! Here is a tasty recipe for a chocolate fudge cake that will have everyone wanting the recipe.
Active Time: 20 Minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour 15 Minutes
Yield: Makes 2 cakes
RECIPE INGREDIENTS For Cake:
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 1 cup chopped good-quality semisweet chocolate
- 1/3 cup milk
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/3 cup cocoa flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- Pinch of baking soda
- 2 eggs
For Fudge Topping:
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
- 1 1/4 cups chopped good-quality semisweet chocolate
DIRECTIONS FOR CAKE:
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line two 6-cup loaf pans, each 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2 inches.
- Following the melt-and-mix method, combine the butter, oil, sugar, chocolate, milk and 2/3 cup water in a large saucepan and stir over low heat until the sugar dissolves and the chocolate melts. Remove from the heat. Sift together the flour, cocoa, baking powder and baking soda into a bowl. Beat in the chocolate mixture (using a wire whisk means the mixture is less likely to form lumps).
- Gradually beat the eggs, one at a time, into the chocolate mixture. Pour into the loaf pans and smooth the top with the back of a spoon. Place the pans on a baking sheet and bake for 50 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean when inserted into the center of each cake. Cool in the pans for 5 minutes. Turn out onto a wire rack; peel off the paper and cool completely, crust side-up.
FOR FUDGE TOPPING:
- Bring the cream and corn syrup just to a boil in a small saucepan, then remove from the heat.
- Put the chopped chocolate in a heatproof bowl and gradually add the cream a little at a time, stirring after each addition, until all the cream has been added and the mixture is smooth.
- Place the bowl into a larger bowl of ice or refrigerate until the mixture has cooled and thickened.
- Spoon onto the cakes and spread over the top with a flexible metal spatula. It may run a little over the sides.
CHEF’S TIP: Add a tablespoon of Grand Marnier and the finely grated rind of two oranges to the topping in step 4 to make a chocolate orange cake.
Serving size = 1/8 cake
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