Storified by Arya McLean· Fri, Mar 22 2013 20:37:01
Every cook and baker should have a good recipe for chocolate delight cake. This all-American chocolate cake recipe is an all-purpose dessert that makes a rich and luscious cake that is moist and light at the same time. Make this for a special holiday or a romantic occasion and treat your friends and family to an indulgent dessert. This is a simple enough recipe for the novice bakers to attempt. It consists of simple ingredients including unsweetened chocolate, butter, vanilla extract, all-purpose flour, white sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, skimmed milk, and eggs.
When making chocolate cake batter, it is best for all the ingredients to be at room temperature. The butter should be softened and the eggs well beaten before they are added to the other ingredients. Before assembling the batter measure out all the ingredients as precise as possible. Sift the flour and the other dry ingredients and scoop the sifted flour using a spoon onto the measuring cup and level out the flour with the back of the knife. While you prepare the mixture, turn on the oven and preheat it to the indicated temperature.
You can use an electrical beater to mix the dry and wet ingredients but be careful not over mix the batter. Only beat the mixture just until the ingredients are blended. Overbeating will result in a dry as opposed to a moist cake. If you are mixing the batter with a spatula or spoon, it will take a bit more time for the ingredients to be blended compared to when using an electric beater. Add the moist ingredients gradually so as to evenly distribute each ingredient without over mixing. When filling the cake pan with the batter, do not fill the pan more than ¾ full to allow for the batter to rise.