Friends, it’s hard to believe, but we are nearing the end of the 12 “Divine” Holiday Treats journey. Christmas is over (I hope Santa was good to all of you!), and while you’re busy running to the mall to return some of your not-so-favorite-gifts and preparing to celebrate New Year’s, TRB is proud to bring you a recipe for a quick and easy cake. This is not just any cake, mind you, it’s the Big Quick Cake. As the name suggests, it’s so simple to prepare, you can muster up enough energy to do so — even in the midst of all of the holiday festivities.
I’ll admit, I took quite a few liberties with this recipe. When I thought of a “Big Quick Cake,” I envisioned a scrumptious, but unpretentious dessert. A cake with thick and fluffy frosting — just enough to spread in between the layers to envelop the rich chocolate cake with decadent coffee sweetness. A cake that would look impressive enough on a serving platter, but not be too intimidating to cut.
Instead of a springform tin, I greased and floured two 9-inch round pans. I also added a heaping tablespoon of vanilla to the cake. (I recommend adding 1 cup of sour cream to the batter — it will yield a more moist and delicious chocolate cake. Of course, I thought of this *after* I pulled the cakes out of the oven!) And, I adjusted the frosting recipe slightly to yield a more fluffy consistency.
The Big Quick Cake is perfect for entertaining and can be made the morning of your gathering. I suggest serving big slices. After all, there’s no need to count calories until January.
Big Quick Cake
(Original recipe from Divine Chocolate Cookbook: Heavenly Chocolate Recipes with a Heart)
Makes a large cake; 8 large slices or 16 small slices.
For the cake:
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 and 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
6 eggs at room temperature
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
3/4 cup Divine Cocoa Powder
1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup sour cream (optional — yields a more moist cake)
For the frosting:
(1) 3.5 oz. Divine Coffee Milk Chocolate bar
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1 tbsp. Divine Cocoa Powder
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
1 cup powdered sugar
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans. Make the cake: Beat the butter with the sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at at time, and mix well to incorporate. Add vanilla extract and cocoa powder, and stir to combine. Mix in flour, baking powder, salt and sour cream (if using). Bake the cakes for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
2. Make the frosting: Melt the chocolate. Mix with softened butter, add cocoa powder and vanilla and stir to combine. Add powdered sugar and whisk to yield a fluffy consistency. (If the frosting is too thick, add a tablespoon of milk. If too thin, add a little more powdered sugar).
3. Place the first cake on a serving platter. Top with half of the frosting. Layer with second cake and remaining frosting. Slice and serve. Enjoy!
Other “Divine” Holiday Treats you might enjoy:
Really Rich Cupcakes
Incredibly Rich Fudge and Nut Shortbread
Old-Fashioned Chocolate Buttermilk Pound Cake
Half Cookie, Half Brownie
American Pecan and Chocolate Coffee Cake
Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies
Flourless Rich French Torte
Fudgy Chocolate Bars