I love to bake cakes, in fact I often find myself daydreaming about cakes during boring lectures and doodling cakes on the margins of my notebooks.
Sadly, during the semester I don't have time to make a proper cake, but here is a recipe everyone can follow using basic ingredients and a cake mix.
This cake ends up to have four different layers; the top of the cake is a chocolate meringue, the next layer become almost mousse-like, the thirds layer is the gooey chocolate cake, and the last layer is a rich dense chocolate cake.
Once you make this all your friends and family will be begging you to make more and soon it will become your best bargaining chip :)
Here's what you'll need:
~ 1 chocolate cake mix
~ 3 eggs
~ 1 package of cream cheese (8 oz.)
~ 4 tbsp. cocoa powder
~ 1 whole box of powdered sugar
~ 2 sticks of butter
~ 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Step 1: Get Those Hands Dirty!
In a nice big bowl combine the cake mix, a melted stick of butter and an egg. It's a bit hard to combine these three elements with a spoon or mixer because there is so much more cake mix in proportion to the melted butter and egg so I like to get my hands in there.
I'm sure y'all are clean people, but it never hurts to wash your hands before you get them working the base of the cake all together.
After it has been worked, the base shouldn't be liquid-y, it should have the consistency of molding clay.
It'll also smell really good. Mmmm chocolate-y
Step 2: Pat-pat-pat It All Down
Now that you have been a star at working those hands into mixing the base of the cake together you gotta pat it all into a pan.
Lightly grease a 13x9 inch pan and dump the base mixture into it.
Get those hands ready again and work on trying to evenly spreading the cake base to the pan. ItÃ¢â¬â¢s okay if you initially doubt the ability for the cake to actually fit the whole length and width of the pan; it'll prove you wrong soon enough.
Don't give up, it'll fit nicely. Just gently edge the mixture from the center of the pan outwards into the corners.
And make sure that you have no holes and that it's as even as possible.
Step 3: Beat It! Whip It!
(At this point you will probably want to preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (or 176.7 degrees Celsius). Honestly, you could have begun preheating the oven earlier, but my oven works fast and so does my guilt of wasting energy.)
You're almost done making the cake! Hooray.
Now you need to beat the cream cheese until it is silky smooth. Once it has reached that level you can add in the two remaining eggs and the 4 tablespoons of cocoa powder. Whip it all together.
If you are using a mixer and not your Iron Man strength, you will want to lower the speed of it as you add in the powdered sugar. Slowly add it in so that you can ensure that it all gets well incorporated into the mix.
About halfway through the box of powdered sugar it will start to get really hard to mix the ingredients together. You'll need to add some moisture.
Melt the last stick of butter and now alternate between adding in the butter and adding in the remaining powdered sugar.
Keep on beating it together and keep on singing to that old radio playing great 80's tunes.
Once everything has mixed together (and your throat is starting to hurt due to all that singing) you can add in that one teaspoon of vanilla. Mix it one more time and voilÃ ! You are practically done...but you have a few more steps to go through before you can stuff your face with the wonderful creation.
Step 4: Spread It! Lick It!
Yippie! You're done with the hard part. Now that you have the base of the cake laid out in the pan and the top mixture beat and whipped into shape, you need to combine the two forces together.
Evenly spread the mixture onto the base of the cake. Tap the bottom of the pan a few times to try and get rid of the big air bubbles.
This is also the place where you can lick the bowl. Sure, it's raw eggs but it sure is tasty.
You might also want to find some Pepto-Bismol for the stomach ache you may get after you lick that bowl clean :o)
Step 5: Cook It! Eat It!
You're all set.
Pop that baby into the oven for 40 to 50 minutes. Keep a watchful eye over it so it doesn't overcook.
The top of the cake will be easy to burn.
Once it's done getting cooked you can take it out of the oven and let it cool for a bit., but you want to eat it when it's still warm.
It will have inflated a bit, because of all the eggs/butter/and beating you did, but it'll deflate. And the top of the cake will also be cracked around the edges, but that adds to the rustic feel and can take the blame for any issues you have when plating and serving this to your friends.