Thursday, January 28, 2016
Triple Chocolate Poke Cake
Here's a rule of thumb that I learned while making this poke cake: less is more. Less holes, that is. I poked so many holes that the cake looked like brown swiss cheese. I figured, more holes must be better than less holes! Unfortunately, then I ran out of glaze real fast. It barely filled half of the holes, and the ones it did fill weren't even completely full. Then you are supposed to sprinkle chocolate shavings on the top, which I did, and they sort of looked like brown saw dust, and they melted a little too. The cake, in short, looked like crap.
I was horrified. In an attempt to fix its cosmetics, I filled my holes with whipped cream and covered it all with sprinkles. Then I frantically delivered it to my aunt and uncle and told them not to tell me if it sucked. This was the picture I got sent later:
triple chocolate poke cake
from The Two Bite Club
2 cups sugar
1 3/4 cups flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup mik
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
chocolate shavings (freeze a chocolate bar, then use a vegetable peeler to shave it)
1) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x13 baking dish.
2) Ina mixing bowl, stir together the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add the eggs, milk, oil and vanilla and beat for 3 minutes with an electric mixer. Stir in the boiling water; the mixture will look very thin and runny.
3) Pour the mixture into greased baking dish. Bake for 45 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. Let sit for at least 10 minutes.
4) Meanwhile, add all the icing ingredients to a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and boil for 1 minute. Cool for 5 minutes, then beat with an electric mixer for 3 minutes.
5) Using the handle of a wooden spoon, carefully poke deep holes into the cake (not too many, you crazy hole poker!!!) . Pour the glaze over the top of the cake, making sure to get some of the glaze evenly into all the holes. Use a rubber spatula to carefully spread all the glaze if you need to.
6) When the cake and glaze are cool, sprinkle chocolate shavings over the entire cake.