Tuesday, August 6, 2013

cold chocolate snacking cake

Here is your solution to fighting the dog days of summer. 

Ok, so maybe cake isn't the first thing you'll want to reach for when coming inside from the heat, but I know you'll want a piece of this!

Are you supposed to refrigerate cake after serving? I'm not sure if there's an unspoken rule, but this seems to be the case with any leftover cake I've had the pleasure of eating. I personally love cold cake. The frosting thickens and fuses itself to the cake layers to form a richer, heavier, more delicious treat. 

This cake is rich and thick on its own, so the time it takes to chill in the refrigerator only makes the chocolate flavor deeper and texture more fudgy. 

My will power was pretty pathetic during the photographing of this dessert. I first had a piece for quality assurance. Once determining that this recipe was a success, I cut another piece to stage for photos. See above. Then I ate that piece. Repeat. I finally decided that this cake looked best while being eaten, so that's what today's post is all about, me enjoying this decadent chocolate dessert. And enjoy it I did. A lengthy run ensued shortly thereafter. So worth it. 

Cold Chocolate Snacking Cake

For the Cake:
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature 
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup sour cream

For the frosting:
1 cup heavy cream
6 oz semi sweet chocolate, finely chopped
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/3 cup dark chocolate cocoa powder

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8x11 baking pan with cooking spray and set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together dry ingredients and set aside. In a large bowl beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time and beat until incorporated then beat in vanilla. Stir in sour cream until combined. Stir in flour mixture until just combined. Pour into prepared baking pan and evenly spread with spatula. Bake 30-35 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
2. While cake is baking, make your frosting. Place heavy cream in microwave safe bowl and microwave until comes to a rolling boil. Remove from microwave and stir in chopped chocolate until fully melted. Whisk in sugar and coca powder until completely smooth. Refrigerate frosting for at least an hour. 
3. Once your cake is completely cooled, frost cake with chilled frosting and refrigerate for at least a few hours. Serve cold. Enjoy!

Source: The View From the Great Island
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  1. Wow...I love cold cake!! This looks so amazing. Can't wait to try it, but I'll have no willpower with it, either! :)

    1. Thanks for stopping by Lizzy! I hope you enjoy :)

  2. Oh I could so go for some of that right now. I love what looks like a fudge like texture. Swoon!!

  3. wow I could use a piece of that right now! it looks great.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Dina! I wish I had some left- I could use a piece or two myself!

  4. I just LOVE this recipe!!! I recently realized how amazing cake taste cold. It seriously transforms a cake to a piece of heaven! Thanks for sharing!

    Becky @ lovetobeinthekitchen.blogspot.com

    1. You are so right about cold cake and heaven :)

  5. How did you get your cake to be this black? The color is just wonderful!!!

    1. dark chocolate cocoa powder. it makes the color and flavor so rich and delicious!

  6. I love when chocolate is involved in my snacking. This sounds great! Visiting from BeBetsy. Thanks for the recipe :)

  7. OMG I wish that cake was still around. Sadly, we ate it all. Yum yum.

  8. Chocolate is exactly what I need to fight those steamy summer days! I love that this is refrigerated! It looks so decadent and rich and absolutely perfect!!!

  9. This looks so so good! I love freezing cake, especially chocolate cakes and pound cake and eating them straight from the freezer. This looks like a perfect must-try for me and that frosting recipe seems to have stellar ingredients too! Thanks for sharing. I'm visiting from Time to Sparkle party.

  10. When I was a child, mom and I used to put slices, chunks, whatever, of chocolate cake in bowls, pour milk on it, and indulge. This is going to be just that good, I know. Without mom. More for me... Lol!

  11. Love it. Love it. Love it. I don't know the last time a picture made me want chocolate cake more! That color!!!! Uh, heavenly.

  12. Oh my...I'm drooling all over myself over here. This looks SO good!

  13. Suzanne of Simply Suzannes at Home

    Oh my heavens!! I'm printing the recipe now to make tomorrow!
    Thanks so much for sharing!
    Have a great week,