Chef Lena Tries 12 Of The Weirdest Chocolate Cake Recipes To Find The Perfect One

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– I am gonnna present you the best way to make the most effective chocolate cake recipe. I simply have to determine what that’s first. I am gonna attempt a bunch of various recipes some which can be fairly wacky. Recipe quantity three, all mayonnaise (gasping) Hopefully, by the top of it, we’ll have the most effective chocolate cake recipe ever. There you go. I obtained to examine some too. I do not assume that anybody loves chocolate cake as a lot as my grandma did and my dad has been making the identical chocolate cake recipe since earlier than I used to be born. I like it nevertheless it’s not the last word.

The very first thing I’ll do is bake the cake that my dad at all times makes, take some notes, see what I need to change, see what I like. My dad texted me a photograph of the recipe and I simply printed it out. This specific recipe requires coating with flour as nicely, so I will do this too. It is type of good to spray the underside despite the fact that you are placing one thing in as a result of that manner it sticks. And it is actually vital to take all precautionary steps to lining your cake pans as a result of there’s nothing worse than doing all this difficult work to make an exquisite scrumptious chocolate cake after which it comes out of your pan in items. Some issues to notice about this recipe, or issues that I will be listening to, there is no cocoa powder in any respect on this recipe. It is purely simply baking chocolate. There’s bitter cream, which I am an enormous fan of baking with so I am enthusiastic about that. There’s each baking soda and baking powder and we whip the egg whites, so there’s plenty of leavening occurring.

So the very first thing that I am doing is heating some scorching water to boiling after which I’ll pour it over our baking chocolate and our butter to soften it. After which I will be stirring in vanilla and sugar. That may be a massive previous mound of sugar. Egg yolks. So I simply whipped these egg whites to stiff peaks as you’ll be able to see.

And we’ll fold it into our cake batter . And I am doing one thing which is fairly typical if you’re incorporating whipped egg whites which is so as to add a few quarter and folding that in earlier than I add the ultimate quantity. And that is simply to provide this batter a lighter texture. If we have been to pour the entire thing in, the load of the batter may deflate plenty of the bubbles. So simply gently folding a portion of the egg whites in will assist them keep extra air in the long term. She’s prepared. I’ve obtained an oven preheated to 350 and this could take about 30 minutes. At the least I will begin checking it at that time. Transferring proper alongside to recipe quantity two. The primary recipe that I simply made is all butter, this recipe is all vegetable oil.

This additionally makes use of espresso powder which they are saying is elective within the recipe however I need to give it a attempt as a result of I’ve heard it helps kind of amplify the chocolate flavors and would not essentially make it style like espresso in any respect. We obtained flour and we obtained sugar. This recipe requires dutch processed cocoa powder. Just like cocoa powder nevertheless it’s been put via a course of that takes away all plenty of the acidic notes so it is a a lot smoother taste.

I’ll add a half a teaspoon of espresso powder. Now all we want is vanilla, vinegar, vegetable oil, and water. So that is baking at 350 as soon as once more for 30 minutes to 35 minutes. Goodbye cake! All proper, nicely, I feel I must do some dishes as a result of I’ve exhausted all of the bowls, all of the measuring cups already. Cake primary is doubtlessly prepared. So let’s simply give this one the toothpick take a look at Seems clear, seems good. So, I am simply going to pop this on the cooling rack after which we’ll flip it out in possibly 10 minutes when it is rather less scorching. Ahem. Recipe quantity three is all mayonnaise. Nicely, not all mayonnaise, there are different components however there are not any fat apart from the mayonnaise. So we have got all of our dry components right here after which all that is left is simply water, mayo, and vanilla.

I am that like all of those recipes use vanilla when like, I do not know if it’s a necessity. I feel possibly tomorrow I would attempt doing it with out, simply because it is like, possibly vanilla brings out the chocolatey taste however possibly it is simply muddles it. (upbeat music) This cake is trying so much lighter in coloration than our final two. We’re placing cake quantity three into the oven. This might be for 25 to 30 minutes in a 350 diploma oven. And I’m going to flip out our first cake and I’ll… (oven beeping) Truffles abound. Clear. Recipe quantity 4 has a really fascinating secret ingredient. Shout-out to my lady Lauren for sending me this recipe. It’s a chocolate mashed potato cake. By no means heard of it earlier than however I am excited to attempt it. So, we’re beginning with two potatoes. I’ll peel them, chop them up, and boil them after which I’ll mash them after which that may get added to our common previous cake batter. It is humorous, it is type of appearing like butter. It integrates fairly simply. (upbeat music) All proper, this cake bakes for an hour. So, I’ll pop it in, let it do it is factor.

All proper, so I feel our mayo cake’s carried out. I’ll pull it out, give it the previous toothpick take a look at. Trying good and clear. We made it to cake quantity 5. This one, I’ am testing largely for the inclusion of buttermilk. And 1 / 4 cup of of veggie oil, an egg. After which we’ll add a half a teaspoon of vanilla. We’re additionally including brewed espresso to this one. (upbeat music) 35 minutes in 350, moving into. All proper, I am simply going to provide this a fast clear up. (snaps) All proper, very excited. The second I’ve been ready for: attempting the muffins. We’re beginning with my household recipe, which I am about to tear aside and construct again up once more. Sorry dad. Mmm. The feel’s very nice, actually clean Gentle, tender crumbs, it is an eight. I need to make it a 10.

I am afraid to go residence now. Cake quantity two, tremendous darkish and I feel that is due to the dutch-processed cocoa. The feel is trying actually lovely. It is like obtained that basically like cheesy, sticky prime. Mmm, it is undoubtedly much more moist than the primary one. So, onto the mayo cake, which seems nice. It is tremendous darkish, I do not style the mayo. However the cake does have this fascinating, like, mouth taste. Mouth taste, it is a very technical time period. It is tremendous chocolatey, it jogs my memory plenty of one thing I had as a child. A Hostess cupcake, with the little swirls on it. Potato cake, it seems fascinating. It is obtained some bizarre bumps on the highest of it. However, it seems good, even, clean. Not the most effective cake I’ve tasted thus far. I do like, and so they point out this within the recipe, that the highest would get slightly crunchy. It is good to have that little mixture of textures. Nothing too particular about it.

It is good and light-weight, nevertheless it simply would not have the flavour. I am glad I do not love this one as a result of if I needed to find yourself boiling potatoes anytime I needed to make a chocolate cake, I would be type of aggravated. I would say fascinating to attempt, however not our hero. Not our final. Final slice of the day, buttermilk cake. Mmm. Very chocolatey. That is about what I anticipate a chocolate cake to be. The salt ranges are actually good. I’d nonetheless would not thoughts slightly bit extra chocolate taste, however by way of texture, it is fairly nice. I’ll take the weekend, actually take into consideration every part I’ve discovered. I would say, veggie oil’s undoubtedly within the working. Buttermilk’s undoubtedly within the working. I nonetheless am unsure about chocolate versus cocoa powder. Acquired so much to consider. I’ll see you on the flip aspect. (upbeat music) Hiya, welcome to day two of chocolate cake one thing. I had the entire weekend to consider it, and I’ve a reasonably good begin I feel.

I actually pulled out the 2 favorites and each of them had buttermilk in them, so I am undoubtedly going to attempt to incorporate that into my recipe. Extra espresso taste, I’ll attempt a model that has each espresso powder and scorching espresso. I assumed that the most effective textured cake on Friday was our second cake, which had no eggs, so I am taking the eggs out of my recipe. And, as a lot as I really like butter, I’ll give it a attempt with all veggie oil after which I will do a model that is half butter and veggie oil and see which one we like higher. (upbeat music) Day two, primary, moving into. Want it luck, cross your fingers. Quantity two, I am doing a mixture of vegetable oil and butter.

So I am doing three tablespoons of veggie oil and two tablespoons of butter. (upbeat music) Into the oven, take a look at quantity two. Let’s maintain making muffins. Cake quantity three. Again to the unique components that I had for cake primary, however I am buying and selling in all the white sugar for brown sugar. Brown sugar tends so as to add slightly moisture to baked items, and I need to see if possibly the flavour and the moisture that brown sugar brings would pair properly with the chocolate cake. I do not know if you happen to keep in mind the very first recipe however we coated the within of the pan with flour. I’ll attempt doing the identical however with cocoa powder, simply to double up on the flavour, see how we like that. Popping it into the oven. Proper under our first cake that is nearly carried out. And, see you in a number of, dish time. (oven beeping) Oh, gotta examine the cake, sorry. So, I’ve not tried these muffins but, I am very excited. – That one is my favourite, simply based mostly on seems alone.

– Actually? – Sure, it seems like, denser than… – Sure, it does, it seems fudgier, it seems so oily however I just like the darkness of the third one. – Mmm. I did plenty of espresso powder in that one too, and I am not tasting it. – I style it. – You do? – I do not know if I like the feel as a lot as I assumed I used to be going to. It could be an excessive amount of, too dense, possibly verging gummy. – Is that this finally going to have buttercream or frosting? – It may have, yeah, a whipped ganache. – Then I’d not like texture with much more chocolate. – Too fudgey. – Yeah. Like a whipped cream can be superb, however extra chocolate is just too fudge. – Quantity two. – It has a pleasant bounce.

It is properly aerated, it has a very nice crumb. – It appears much less chocolatey. – I am not a fan, it tastes like a watered down model of that one, each by way of moistness and taste. – Attention-grabbing. – So, dutch processed versus Hershey’s unsweetened. So, oh, and the opposite distinction between these two is that is principally half butter, half vegetable oil and that is simply vegetable oil. – I am a vegetable oil type of lady, so. – Very clear break. Would not it really feel much less candy than the opposite two? – That could be my favourite one thus far. – Actually? – And I feel the feel’s excellent. It is not gummy, it is not gluey, nevertheless it’s nonetheless very moist in your mouth. – So what have been the distinction? – So the distinction between these two is that is all brown sugar and that is all white sugar. – Brown sugar at all times does the trick. – So if we like this, do we expect that 100% brown sugar is the way in which to go? – Nicely, the feel in that is 10 instances nicer than the feel on this one.

– So, I’ll attempt to excellent the tactic for this one. Excited, oh my god. That style take a look at was tremendous useful, actually excited hoping I would simply have yet one more take a look at earlier than the ultimate bake. Attempting a number of various things on this final one, nonetheless utilizing all brown sugar, just like the gals preferred. However, I’m going to attempt not doing any cocoa powder within the pan, simply to see what the distinction is. I do actually like the way in which the cake kind of baked up the pan and it was simple to take out. So, we would maintain it in, however I did not style it in any respect, so I do not need to waste cocoa powder on that if it is not price it. And, then I’ll do a tightly packed 3/four cup as an alternative of a loosely packed one cup.

And, I’ll add the brown sugar to the moist components see if the mixing’s slightly bit higher there. I had it in my head that chocolate cake would not want vanilla however I really feel like I ought to in all probability take a look at it with simply to verify. (upbeat music) That is going to go within the oven for 35 minutes. Please be good. This higher work, we do not have time for one more take a look at. I assume I will clear once more, bye. All proper, attempting our, I do not even know what quantity take a look at that is at this level.

We did 5 yesterday, three, eight, 9, our ninth cake. It seems good, it baked completely proper. Including the brown sugar in with the moist components was completely advantageous. Texture seems good. Mmm. It is good, I feel I can style the vanilla. And I am not a fan, I feel I’ll depart it out. It offers me slightly bit an excessive amount of of a like, birthday cakey vibe, it is not fairly as candy as I need it. So I feel we’ll return to a cup of brown sugar. All proper, okay, was there the rest I examined that I would like to consider? Oh, got here out of the pan simply advantageous with out the cocoa powder, so I feel I can depart that out. I feel we’re prepared, I feel we’re able to make our closing muffins, I am so excited.

(upbeat music) Okay, final spherical 350, 35 minutes, and we are able to frost these babes. Alrighty. Tomorrow, we’ll make the frosting, put all of it collectively, it will be superior. See you then. Day three of cake, let’s speak frosting. Buttercream is nice, it may be actually candy. And I desire a frosting from my chocolate cake that is not too candy, nonetheless has plenty of chocolatey taste, and I really like ganache, however you’ll be able to’t actually frost a whole cake with ganache as a result of it is very skinny.

So, I’ll make a whipped ganache and I’ll add in some cream cheese to make it slightly tangy, rather less candy. I feel it will be actually good. So, step one is to make a ganache. So, all we want is chocolate chips and heavy cream. If you’d like a very skinny ganache, you then would have extra heavy cream, and in order for you thicker, extra spreadable ganache, then extra chocolate. However for this recipe, we’re doing an equal quantity of each. So, I am simply going to place it over a medium flame and as quickly as we begin seeing bubbles forming across the fringe of the cream, we all know it is scorching and we are able to put it on prime of our chocolate.

Now, we simply have to attend a couple of minutes for the chocolate to soften. I am simply going to slowly gently stir it. It is nonetheless slightly bit heat although, and I need it to be room temperature after I whip it, so, I’m simply going to set it apart. It ought to solely take like 30 minutes or so to come back to room temp after which we are able to make our frosting. To begin, we’re simply going to whip our cream cheese by itself and that’s as a result of cream cheese is notoriously clumpy, so if you happen to combine it in with the rest, it’s going to by no means actually get clean which is infuriating if you happen to’re attempting to make a pleasant, lovely, luxurious, velvety frosting and you then obtained little specks of white, it is probably the most irritating factor ever.

That is room temperature. (mixer stirring cream cheese) It is trying good and whipped. And now we’re including only one tablespoon of granulated sugar and whereas I am mixing this, I am simply going so as to add a pinch of salt, simply to stability out the flavors. I made the ganache in a measuring cup as a result of it is the proper vessel for me to slowly stream it into my cream cheese. To begin, I am simply going so as to add possibly like 1 / 4 cup, simply to get issues going, ensure that every part’s absolutely included, no lumps, after which we are able to begin slowly including the ganache in and whipping it with the cream cheese. That is trying actually good. It is doubling in quantity nearly due to the cream. We’re simply getting it good and whipped nearly such as you would a whipped cream. I’ll pop this within the fridge and let it stiffen just a bit bit, let that cream cheese and the chocolate kind of harden up.

See you in a number of. Whereas we’re ready for our frosting to chill, we’re simply going to trim the dome off of our muffins. This is not mandatory, however in order for you your cake to face straight and be even, you then do must degree them off, that does not imply it has to go to waste, I imply, you’ll be able to nonetheless eat it. We’re simply going to take the domed portion off so if you happen to can see, truly, one thing that makes it very easy to do that, is the road the place it was nonetheless touching the cake pan, so we all know that that is going to be even all the way in which round so we are able to type of use that as a information.

That being mentioned, I nonetheless am slightly cautious after I’m reducing and I often begin slightly bit increased than I do know I’ll end. You’ll be able to take extra off, however you cannot add again on as soon as you’ve got taken it off. So I’ve obtained a pleasant massive serrated knife. You need one that’s a minimum of the size of your cake. And I am simply going to.. I will begin excessive, simply to start out, I am simply attempting to regulate either side to verify I am reducing evenly. So I can take this complete piece off and I’ve a bowl right here that I am simply saving all of the scraps in.

As you’ll be able to see, fairly near the sting proper there However must do some extra trimming on this aspect. See, I’ve obtained little bit of a border nonetheless. So, I am simply going to return in with my knife and simply as I’m going, I can simply toss these scraps, op, You need, you need? There you go. I obtained to attempt some too. It is a good cake. – So we have got our icing. – It has been chilling for like 30 minutes, it’s kind of thicker now, it is had an opportunity to chill, you’ll be able to see it is type of holding on to these peaks which is what we wish I am, once more, not an enormous frosting particular person, so, I feel an excellent layer within the heart, and an excellent layer on prime is the proper quantity to go together with the cake.

To begin, we’re simply going so as to add a dab of frosting proper within the heart and we’re simply going to unfold it out a bit and this is rather like slightly little bit of glue to maintain our cake from sliding round whereas we’re adorning it. After which, what I love to do after I’m including my frosting is simply to place an enormous dollop within the center and type of transfer it out from there to get to the perimeters. After which, I’ve have my handy-dandy offset spatula your greatest good friend within the cake adorning.

Second layer on prime, since we’ve this excellent clean layer that was our backside, I am simply going to make use of that as our prime. So, I’ll flip this the wrong way up after which gently, seems fairly even to me. I feel we’re good. So, I am just about carried out, I am simply placing some closing swooshes on prime. There’s a number of alternative ways you’ll be able to fashion your cake however there’s one thing concerning the good little peaks which can be kind of harking back to a diner cake that has the glass case over it, you recognize? That is at all times like probably the most inviting cake to me.

And one thing I love to do is simply do like a kind of S-shape and elevate my spatula. Why not simply add yet one more chocolatey ingredient to our tremendous chocolatey cake. Nicely, would not that look identical to probably the most inviting chocolate cake you could have ever seen? I’m so excited to chop into it. (upbeat music) It is so good. I really like chocolate cake. Cake’s are tremendous chocolatey, tremendous moist frosting is like very mild, but additionally very chocolatey Fork for Chels. – Aah. That is so good. – We did it. I’m sharing the cake, trigger I’ve to, social norms. I am unable to wait to share my chocolate cake with you guys. That is my excellent chocolate cake that I have been creating for 3 days and I hope you guys prefer it, please let me know what you assume.

– For those who insist. – Do you want a fork? – Sure, please, thanks. – The curls on prime are a pleasant inventive contact. – The frosting’s so mushy. – It is quiet. – Is there cream cheese within the frosting? – There’s. – It is obtained a pleasant tang, and it is like fluffier than it appeared. – It is truly a whipped ganache, after which I whipped cream cheese into that. As a result of I used to be like, it is deslish, we want some cream cheese.

– That is the most effective chocolate frosting I feel I’ve ever had. – Wow. McKenzie. Your examine’s within the mail. – It is the most effective one I’ve ever had too. – Nicely, I am unable to look forward to my dad to do this. That is all I’ve to say about it. (laughter) – I am simply involved there’s chocolate in my enamel. (upbeat music) .

Chef Lena is attempting 12 of the strangest chocolate cake recipes to seek out probably the most excellent, decadent, moist chocolate cake to ever exist. Watch her attempt chocolate cake recipes that incorporate mashed potatoes, mayonnaise, buttermilk, olive oil, and occasional. For Lena’s best-ever, simple chocolate cake recipe:

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