Ultra Moist Chocolate Cake

Ultra Moist Chocolate Cake

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So tell me… are you a curiosity-kills-the-cat kinda person like me? In that case, I’m not testing your patience. Here are the winners of the giveaway…

Winners of Amazon Gift Coupons:

  1. Sonia Thomas
  2. Preethi
  3. Maria John
  4. Sanyukta
  5. Tina R.M

Winners of the Cupcake Giveaway:

  1. Seeba
  2. Reena

Thank you so much for your lovely comments. It does make us feel wonderful.

Ok, now after reading the name of the winners, you will be in either of the 3 states below:

1. You got lucky today and too excited to think about anything else…

2. You didn’t get lucky and think “yeah, it always happens to me, I aint that lucky” and start to grumble about how unlucky you are.

3. You couldn’t care less about the giveaway n stuff. You are too busy with other stuff to fret about such silly things…

Let me tell you something… irrespective of your state of mind, I definitely want you to please care about this recipe. This is absolutely worth it! I waited almost 6 years for this recipe! Yep… 6 loooong years! This recipe is from a professional baker. I’ve been having this cake almost every other week for the past 6 years but the recipe remained a mystery to me. I speculated about the ingredients and techniques for long and wondered, how can anybody bake something so so moist and yummy. I got a shock of my life when I got the recipe finally!

There weren’t any ingredients from the alien world or complicated techniques as I had speculated. That again proves something, you don’t have to be complicated or extra ordinary or even different to be special in life. I guess being simple n easy is the best! Anyways, coming back to the cake, it was just like any other cake recipe, in fact it is just sooo simple and easy, you wouldn’t believe me! The end result is so magically moist and you feel like drowning in that deep dark rich brown goodness. Ok, I think that’s enough talk! The thing I liked most about the cake is that, its not too sweet, even if you top it up with some ganache. You will be able to still think straight & act normal even after having a huge slice of it. Yeah…  I dont like ‘a piece of cake’ controlling my behaviour ;)

Yeah yeah… ok here’s the recipe, but I wanna share something else with you before that (please bear with me a minute). So we celebrated the fifth b’day in a grand way, I suppose. Yep, it was pretty grand for us, considering the fact that we are not the type who make every event into an occasion, this was pretty grand. Ok what I was trying to say is that, MariasMenu got her b’day wishes, you got your return gift, but what about the b’day present for the b’day baby? Ohh yes! She also got a gift, yep a new lens! You’ve already seen the work of the lens in the Chicken Tomato Roast. I dont know whether you noticed any difference there, did you? You know what… I’ve this habit of trying to relate each n every situation in my life to some proverbs/wise saying/ old saying. Here’s how I feel about the new lens in my hands… “pattikku muzhuvan thenga kittiyathu pole” or “Korangante kaayil poomala kittiya pole” ;) ( I guess translation will not give you the exact idea, so my non Malayalee friends, please excuse me :) ) what to say, it’s a tie!

Please check out these cupcakes at Swapna’s place. Thanks a lot dear! Nisha also tried these cake, please check out her version here. Thank you Nish! There is another version here, thank you so much Priya!

Check out the these cupcakes made by Naseeba. Thank  you Seeba dear!

So here is the recipe for the Ultra Moist Chocolate Cake: 

Ultra Moist Chocolate Cake
Author: 
Recipe type: Dessert
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 15
 
Ingredients
  • Milk – 1½ cups
  • Butter – 100 gms (1/3 cup + 2 tbsp approx)
  • Oil – ¼ cup (I used sunflower oil)
  • Coco Powder – ½ cup ( I used Hershey’s)
  • Self Raising Flour – 1 cup (Refer notes for substitute)
  • Egg – 1 beaten, room temp
  • Baking Soda – ½ tsp (refer notes)
  • Sugar – 1 cup + 2 tbsp (250 gms)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven @ 180 C/350-375 F, 10 mins before baking. Heat together milk, butter, oil & coco powder till the butter melts. Let it cool to room temperature (btw, dont get disappointed if you dont get the dark brown colour at this stage, you will get it once the cake is baked). Add flour, baking soda, sugar & beaten egg to the cooled wet ingredients. Beat it well using an electric beater or hand whisk till it is mixed well. You can either use it to make cupcakes or cake. I made a 9 inch loaf & 10 standard size cupcakes with the above qty. Bake in the preheated oven for 15- 20 mins for the cupcake & 25- 30 mins for the loaf cake. The baking time can vary depending on each oven.
  2. For cupcakes: Line your cupcake tin with paper liners (I use 2 liners per cupcake) & pour 3 tbsp of batter in each case. I’m referring to the standard size muffins here.
  3. For cake: Grease your cake tin well & line with parchment/baking paper. Pour the batter.
  4. For Ganache:
  5. Whipping cream – ½ cup
  6. Baking chocolate – ¾ cup (I usually use Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Chips. You can also use Hershey’s semi sweet chocolate chips for this)
  7. Place the baking chocolate/ chocolate chips in a bowl. Heat the whipping cream on low flame till small bubbles start appearing around the edges. Pour the heated cream to the bowl with choc chips. Let it rest for 5 mins. Whisk it using a manual whisk. This will give you a liquid consistency ganache. If you want to thicken the ganache for spreading, place the bowl on some ice & whip it. It will start thickening. Spread the ganache on cooled cupcakes/cake. Enjoy!
Notes
This is an extremely moist cake, so I wont suggest it for making it as a layer cake. You can store the cake (without ganache/icing) @ room temp for 3-4 days in an air tight container. The original recipe calls for baking powder. But I’ve read somewhere that for chocolate cake, baking soda is good. The explanation for that is Baking soda will react with coco powder and gives a darker colour to the cake. I used castor sugar for the recipe for easy blending of ingredients. However you can use the regular sugar. You can serve this cake as a dessert along with a scoop of your fav ice cream :) Substitution for self raising flour – to get 1 cup self-raising flour, add 1½ tsp baking powder+ ¼ tsp salt to 1 cup all purpose flour. (source: http://www.joyofbaking.com/IngredientSubstitution.html)

 

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  • Sajna

    First!!!

    Maria… that is such a moutwatering picture! I’m already drooling, but I’m at work now :( :( Else I prolly would have started baking right now… sighhhh! At this rate, I might have to widen the doors in my house ( won’t fit through them any more, lol :D)

    It will be 6 months since our wedding at the end of july and now I know exactly what I’m gonna bake… muwahahahaha :D

    I don’t think I can ever truly tell you how much I LOVE ur blog :D Thanks a zillion times!!!

    Cheers,
    Sajna

    P.S… the b’day gift sure seems to be doing wonders :) That’s a soooper foto!!!

  • Sajna

    First!!!

    Maria… that is such a moutwatering picture! I’m already drooling, but I’m at work now :( :( Else I prolly would have started baking right now… sighhhh! At this rate, I might have to widen the doors in my house ( won’t fit through them any more, lol :D)

    It will be 6 months since our wedding at the end of july and now I know exactly what I’m gonna bake… muwahahahaha :D

    I don’t think I can ever truly tell you how much I LOVE ur blog :D Thanks a zillion times!!!

    Cheers,
    Sajna

    P.S… the b’day gift sure seems to be doing wonders :) That’s a soooper foto!!!

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Dear Saj,

      Thanks a bunch! I guess it was holiday time for you, how come you are at  office? Congrats on your 6 month anniversary! I used to make something special every month till our first anniversary, now it feels like a long time ago, hhmmm….  I do hope you’ll like the cake.

      Thanks again sweetie for the good words :)

      Cheers
      Maria

      • Sajna

        Hello :)

        It is the holiday season here! And most people are already on vacation, but I’m saving up all my vacation days to take them out in december-january… so I get atleast 1 month in India :) :)

        I wanted to make something special every month too.. but Sinosh (my husband) was teasing me.. lol :D So I stopped before I started! hehe :D

        Have fun!
        Sajna :)

        • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

          ohhk, so you planning to celebrate Xmas n New Year in India, great!  Btw, 6 months is like half year, so you can celebrate that ;)

          Take care…

          Cheers
          Maria

          • Sajna

            I’m not sure if we will be in India for xmas and New year, it looks like we will be able to go only in january… but we certainly want to escape the terrible cold here during winter… :) And yes, I surely am looking forward to celebrating the half a year anniversary! In the next 2 months, I think I will have a lot of baking and cooking to do… It’s sinosh’s b’day and soon after that is Ramzan and then in 10 days time it’s onam! I certainly like (read LOVE!) July-august-september :D :D

          • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

            k… looks like you have busy days coming your way :) Anyways, enjoy n have fun baking n cooking!

            Cheers
            Maria

          • John Berry

            Like you really need someone else telling you how awesome this cake is? Never the less I think it is the nicest chocolate cake I’ve ever had, and is the only one I will make in the future. Chocolate cake is generally a disappointment, the texture seems too bread like, often not dark enough or chocolatey enough.

            This is how I have always thought chocolate cake should be, but never was. I don’t know why I didn’t make it when I first found your recipe. Damn my patience!

            I read someone used brown sugar, I might try that next time to see if it gives a hot fudge quality.

          • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

            haha :) I dont mind hearing it again and again ;)

            Thank you so much for taking time to share your feedback here. I’m glad that it worked out perfectly for you..

            Hope you like the brown sugar version too..

            Cheers
            Maria

  • Mykitchenantics

    hmm interesting…i suppose the heating together milk, butter, oil & coco powder makes a difference? 

  • Mykitchenantics

    hmm interesting…i suppose the heating together milk, butter, oil & coco powder makes a difference? 

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Yeah may be…  also I guess the combination of butter & oil can also be a reason :)

      • Shaalu

        Hi Maria, I am a regular visitor to ur blog n itz truly amazing….wonderful job..keep it up!! I  just tried the moist choco muffins n came out well n in 5 minutes the whole lot vanished…it was too yummy & thanks again for the sincere efforts n mouth watering recipes…how far has ur book reached?

        • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

          Hi Shaalu,

          Thanks a ton dear :) Its a pleasure to know that you visit this space regularly :) Book’s work is still going on, sadly I wasnt able to make much progress yet :( Hope it works out soon…

          Cheers
          Maria

        • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

          Hi Shaalu,

          Thanks a ton dear :) Its a pleasure to know that you visit this space regularly :) Book’s work is still going on, sadly I wasnt able to make much progress yet :( Hope it works out soon…

          Cheers
          Maria

  • http://divyascookbook.blogspot.com/ Divya Kudua

    I am always game for a new Chocolate cake recipe and one which looks so sinful,I am sure would taste spectacular.Bookmarked to try immediately!!

    Congrats to all the giveaway winners!!

  • http://divyascookbook.blogspot.com/ Divya Kudua

    I am always game for a new Chocolate cake recipe and one which looks so sinful,I am sure would taste spectacular.Bookmarked to try immediately!!

    Congrats to all the giveaway winners!!

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Divs! I do hope you will like this one!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Seeba

    OHHH MY God!!!, I actually won it?? I cant believe it, OHHH I am sooo very excited! no words to express my happiness!!! Thankyou sooooo much!!!…..

  • Seeba

    OHHH MY God!!!, I actually won it?? I cant believe it, OHHH I am sooo very excited! no words to express my happiness!!! Thankyou sooooo much!!!…..

  • Seeba

    And because of my excitement I completely forgot to mention about those gorgeous cupcakes,,,,,they loook soo yummy….and nice clicks!!! and thankyou for sharing such a easy and yummy recipe….was really hunting for a recipe like this…you read my mind!!!

  • Seeba

    And because of my excitement I completely forgot to mention about those gorgeous cupcakes,,,,,they loook soo yummy….and nice clicks!!! and thankyou for sharing such a easy and yummy recipe….was really hunting for a recipe like this…you read my mind!!!

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      hahhaha its ok dear :) so you try this cake n tell me how it works for you ok? Meanwhile I’m waiting to meet you :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Sumy Mathew

    Hi Maria,

    I am in state 2 as mentioned in your mail.. Unlucky me :)

    Ur cake looks so delicious… im definitely going to try this some time..

    I have just started my cooking experiments recently.. till now the results were good :) Thanks to you for such great recipes

    Regards,
    Sumy

  • Sumy Mathew

    Hi Maria,

    I am in state 2 as mentioned in your mail.. Unlucky me :)

    Ur cake looks so delicious… im definitely going to try this some time..

    I have just started my cooking experiments recently.. till now the results were good :) Thanks to you for such great recipes

    Regards,
    Sumy

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Sumy,

      Dont worry, your number will come soon :) Thanks for the comment. Its really nice to know that the recipes here works for you :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Shabs

    The cake looks too good. I will try making it today as there is picnic for my son tomorrow..:)

  • Shabs

    The cake looks too good. I will try making it today as there is picnic for my son tomorrow..:)

  • Anonymous

    Maria, That cake looks delicious..! And such a rich dark color, very tempting. Congrats to the winners and am sure the lens will add to the magic of the site.. so clap clap for the b’day gift :)) and here is to more delightful pics on ur site.

  • Anonymous

    Maria, That cake looks delicious..! And such a rich dark color, very tempting. Congrats to the winners and am sure the lens will add to the magic of the site.. so clap clap for the b’day gift :)) and here is to more delightful pics on ur site.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thank you Anzz! Please do try the cake sometime ok? Thanks again for all the kind words dear :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Preethi

    Hey Maria penne,

    I am already half way to my kitchen as I am writing this….So many things running thro my head. The name mentioned in the gift coupon, is that my name??? Still perplexed..If it is, then my acceptance speech is running thro my head…ha ha ha…..Looks like I am only “running”…..I have never won anything like this before…So thank you dear….The new lens is really working……ohhhhh…so much to write…wish I could speak to you sometime…..
    Meanwhile take care both of you

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Preethikoche,

      Its your name sweetie :) Looks like the giveaway helped you in burning some calories with all the running ;) I’ve sent you a mail, please reply to that so I can send you the coupon, okies?

      You too take care…

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Miriam Korula

    Maria…this cake looks sinful n’ so so moist…i’m just loving the snaps…:)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thank you so much Miri! May be you can try this as part of your baking class :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Shabs

    Hi maria, Just made the cupcakes. It was heavenly!As u mentioned it was just sweet enough even with ganache, I added more sugar, you know me, and it was perfect. Was the batter thinner than regular cupcakes?I added a tad more of flour as well.thanks fo rteh recipe:)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks a lot Shabs dear :) I was so thrilled to hear that you tried it on the same day itself! Yeah for you, I think we need to put a double dose of ganache ;) The batter is actually flowy n not thick.

      Thanks again dear :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • http://profiles.google.com/priya.mitharwal Priya Yallapantula

    Congrats to the winners and I have bookmarked this recipe as I cannot wait to try it out :)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Priya :) I hope you can try it soon. Happy baking!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • santosh Bangar

    yummy and wonderful cup cakes

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Santosh!

  • closeupsmile

    Congrats to the winners!!
    Maria,
    I just love ur blog beyond words!!
    I can see that you have not added any flavour here.Is it not necessary coz egg is being used?Also could you please tell me how you decorated your cup cake as shown in the pic?
    BTW,great clicks..congrats for a wonderful birthday gift….

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi closeupsmile,Thank you! I didnt use any flavors but the eggy smell wasnt there. If you want may be you can add a tsp of vanilla essence. The decoration used is a readymade one. I think its made with gumpaste or something like that. You can check that in your baking supplies shop.CheersMaria

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HRU254YL3GL3ZUEYDNKK5CBRRY sowmya s

    looks so delicious..love the dark colour..will try this one soon..

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Sowmya. I hope your cake comes out well :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Reshma nair

    Hello maria,cake looks yummy.The standard cup i have is 250 ml,by 1 cup flour how much grams does it mean,cud u explain as cup measurements may vary

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Reshma,

      Thank you!

      My cup is 240 ml, approx. 1 cup flour is equal to 155-160 gms (approx). Hope this helps…

      Hope you get to try this one, happy baking!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Reshma nair

    Hello maria,cake looks yummy.The standard cup i have is 250 ml,by 1 cup flour how much grams does it mean,cud u explain as cup measurements may vary

    • Shabs

      1 CUP FLOUR IS 160G. mY CUP IS 240MLS THOUGH:)

      • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

        Thanks Shabs for the explanation :)

  • Rajani

    This recipe is something which I looked forward to in my life..But I’ll have to wait till I set up my new kitchen…Can you suggest how to bake this cake in a microwave Oven?

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Rajani,

      Thanks :) hhmm does your MW have convection mode? In that case, you can bake in that. After switching on the convection mode, follow the same procedure.

      Hope it helps…

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Nisha

    hi maria
                  i tried ur cake recipie today .my cake become fudge.it didnt come out how i wanted.could u be able to figure out where  imight have gone wrong as i am very new in baking.million thanks for ur blog which is a real help to people like me.
    many thanks
    Nisha 

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Nisha,

      Thank you so much for trying this recipe.

      From your comment, I guess the cake was kinda undercooked, Is that what you meant by fudge? Though I’ve specified a baking time in the recipe, it might be different for your oven. Since you said that you are new to baking, I will just tell you some general tips…

      1. Always preheat the oven at the specified temp for a minimum of 10 mins before baking.

      2. Keep the cake tin in the middle rack of the oven.

      3. I normally switch on the top n bottom heating mode of the oven.

      4. Do not open the oven for the first 10-15 mins of baking the cake.

      5. If you feel that the top part is cooking fast n the center is not cooked yet, place a sheet of al.foil over the cake tin. It will prevent over browning of the top portion.

      I hope this helps… did any of the above steps go wrong with your baking?

      I do hope it comes out well next time :)

      Cheers
      Maria

      • Nisha

        Thank u so much for the reply.I have regained my confidence after reading ur reply.will try in couple of days time and let u know the result

  • Tina R.M.

    Hey Maria

    Appreciate your kind gesture. Thanks for the Amazon gift coupons. :))))

    The cupcakes are gorgeous… lucky are those who receive these in Bahrain!

    Cheers,
    Tina

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Tina,

      Congrats! I’ve sent you an email. Please reply to that, so that we can send you the gift coupon :)

      Thanks again dear :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Annu George

    Maria this cake is so heavenly. Tried it out, by far the softest n most moist cake iv had…also they slice so beautifully!!! Thanx a ton for the recipe!!!!

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Annu,

      you are welcome dear :) Its a pleasure to know that it came out well for you :) Thank you so much for the comment!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • http://www.mjdelights.in Maria John

    Hey Maria,

    I’m all excited to know I have won…Unbelievable !!! I must say the cup cakes looks yummy…

    Thanks for the give away..

    Maria John

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Maria,

      Congrats! Thank you :)

      I’ve sent you an email. Please reply to that, so that we can send you the gift coupon :)CheersMaria

  • Ann Verghese

    Hi Maria,
    I would like to try making this cake, but it shows baking soda. could u suggest a substitute for that also cause i can’t get baking soda anywhere here. :( was all ready to make it today, but then since i didnt  know wat to do about baking soda, has put it off to another day after i get ur reply :)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Ann,

      I do hope you got my email reply. Anyways, as I’ve mentioned in the notes section of the recipe, the original recipe calls for baking powder. So you can use that instead. For this particular cake use the same qty of baking soda ok.

      I do hope you get to try this soon n you will like it too. Please do share your feedback.

      Happy baking!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Greeshma

    hai Maria,

      Am a regular visitor of your site.All your recipes are awesome.i had tried couple of recipes,all came out well.Thanks for sharing your sweet recipes to all of us.This cupcakes looks yummy!!!!i will try it soon.I have to know  that this can able to bake in microwave,if so please let me know.

    Thanks and regards
    Greeshma

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Greeshma,

      Thanks a lot for the lovely comment! Its great to know that you rty recipes from here regularly.

      If your MW have convection mode, then you can bake these. After switching on the convection mode, follow the same steps.

      Hope it helps…

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Sonias84

    Hi Maria,

    Thank you for the amazon coupon..

    The cake looks awesome.. will be trying it out and will let you know how it came.. :)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Sonia,

      Congrats again! Will send you the coupon soon.

      Thank you & I hope you try them soon :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Maggiee Sethi

    Hey

    is there any subsitute for egg if i want to try this recipie ?

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Maggiee,

      I havent tried it with egg substitute. But may be you use yogurt as a substitute. May be try with a small qty n see if it works. For the above qty, try using 1/3 cup of beaten yogurt. Hope it works.

      Please do share your feedback, if you try it.

      Happy baking!

      Cheers
      Maria

      • Maggiee Sethi

        hey

        thnkz for letting me knw d subsitute.. im a experimenter u knw what i did i didnt add eggs nd did d whole procedure .. it came out well just i wsnt sure abt tempertature i ws making wid estimates.. i use microwave convection can u plz tell me does the intenity differs from d oven.? hw much temp shud i use in convection? thnkz for ur kind reply :)

        • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

          Hi Maggiee

          wow! Its a good thing that it came out well without any eggs or egg substitutes, may be I should also try it that way…. I havent baked in MW yet dear, so I’m not sure about the temp setting and stuff. But I guess, you can use the same temp as oven in MW convection too.

          Cheers
          Maria

        • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

          Hi Maggiee

          wow! Its a good thing that it came out well without any eggs or egg substitutes, may be I should also try it that way…. I havent baked in MW yet dear, so I’m not sure about the temp setting and stuff. But I guess, you can use the same temp as oven in MW convection too.

          Cheers
          Maria

  • Surya Mary Sam

    This looks so yummy, I am already salivating !!!!!! I will try this one for sure once I get my oven home….

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thank you Surya! I hope you get your oven soon, so that you can inaugurate it with this recipe :)

      Happy baking!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • http://creativesanyukta.blogspot.com/ sanyukta

    thanks a bunch maria for the amazon giftcard…hugs dear…
    ultramoist cake ,ur pics say it all…sinfully,decadent and super duper moist cake..thanks for sharing..mmm….loved tht last pic which is screaming n inviting me to hv a spoonful..yummo…

  • Anu

    I tried this cake on the weekend and it came out great even using a microwave. Thanks for posting this.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Anu,

      You are welcome! Its so nice to know that you liked the cake. Thank you so much for the comment.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Asma Zahid

    Omg!!..Maria..they are so sinfully inviting..i am soo gonna try them….This is my first time on your blog..and…i LUV your space!!..Keep up the good work!!

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thank you so much Asma! Hope you get to try them soon & like it too. Please try other recipes also when time permits.

      Hope to see you here often :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Sheebs27

    hey..just tried this cake…as I too am a sucker for plain cakes. It was absol amazing! everyone loved it. just one query though..my cake sunk in the middle..i used regular flour + baking pwder. do i also add the baking soda? maybe I shud have left out the soda…what do u think?

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Sheebs,

      Thanks dear! Nice to know that you liked it. The cake usually sunks in the middle if there is a temp difference or something like that. Did you open the oven in between baking? It can cause a temp difference & as a result cake can sunk.

      Cheers
      Maria

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Sheebs,

      Thanks dear! Nice to know that you liked it. The cake usually sunks in the middle if there is a temp difference or something like that. Did you open the oven in between baking? It can cause a temp difference & as a result cake can sunk.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

    Hi Miri,

    :) Please try it dear and I do hope you will like it. Btw, how’s your baking experiments going?

    Cheers
    Maria

  • http://profiles.google.com/priya.mitharwal Priya Yallapantula

    Tried it over the weekend and blogged about it :)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks a lot Priya! I’ve linked it back to your place too…

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Yummy Team

    I tried this cake 2 days back and it was just fabulous!!  So easy to make and super-yummy too. Am planning to make it again soon. Thanks a lot for sharing this great recipe, Maria..

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Yummy Team,

      Thank you so much for the wonderful comment! I’m really happy that you guys liked it :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Alia Dalwai

    Hi Maria!

    I am your new follower. I love your website! Its AMAZING!! Keep up the good work!! :)

    Alia
    http://aliascreativelife.blogspot.com

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Alia,

      Thanks a bunch for following the site & also for your lovely comment :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Namrata Agarwal

    Hi Maria,

    I tumbled upon your website while finding some recipes for eggless cakes/baking! And I LOVED it! Have a small query though,

    Since we are vegetarians (no eggs either) would you kindly suggest me an alternative I can use? Also, can that be applied to most of the recipes? Any other ingredient that I need to replace while I bake without eggs?

    Thank you :)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Namrata,

      Thank you so much for dropping in.

      I havent baked much without eggs. However I’ve a small section in the blog called eggless baking. You can see it here:

      http://www.mariasmenu.com/recipes/eggless-baking

      From my understanding, you can use yogurt as a substitute for egg. I’ve used yogurt in some eggless cakes, so I think it should work. Hope this helps…

      Cheers
      Maria

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=731165203 Miguel Vargas

        buttersquash and beet are also great substitutes for eggs and butter. And low in calories :P

  • Amieskrishna

    Hi maria… That picture is soo YUMMY!! Actually i would like to try this recipie.But still am n doubt  wht s baking soda??Baking soda and cooking soda are same??

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Amies,

      Thank you! Baking soda is a raising agent used in baking & yes its same as cooking soda. Hope you get to bake this & like it too…

      Happy baking :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Anjana Misra2008

    Hi Maria,I am new to your site but really liked the recipes that you have put up.I have already tried your ultra moist chocolate cake and it was yummmm:)Thanks a lot for sharing.Keep posting.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Anjana,

      Welcome to MM! I’m happy to know that you like the recipes posted here. Thanks for trying the chocolate cake & also for sharing your feedback here :)

      Please try out other recipes too when time permits.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Sharon Nettikadan

    Dear Maria,

    This is by far the best Chocolate cake I’ve ever made! It was such a hit and in the last two weeks, I’ve made it three times :) My two year old son keeps asking for this ‘thothaith thaith” at every meal-time.You’ve made me a very happy baker;I’ve tried at least 12 choc’ cake recipes in the past and this is surely the best! Thankyooooo :)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Dear Sharon,

      You are welcome sweetie & thanks a ton for such a huge compliment :) I’m really happy that you liked this cake. One more thing…. I’m always thrilled to hear that little ones enjoyed the recipes posted here :)

      Thanks for the comment too..

      Cheers
      Maria

  • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

    Hi Aparajita,

    Welcome to MariasMenu! This is a simple cake recipe which gives you a very moist cake. I do hope you get to try it soon & like it too…

    Happy baking!

    Cheers
    Maria

  • Suziruzi

    It’s me again Mariachi :) Tried it and loved it as a cake!!!! Forgot to take a pic…maybe next time :)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks dearie! Yeah, I’d also love to see the pic :)

      Take care…
      Maria

  • Shauna

    Hi Maria,
    What a fabulous cake… Looks amazing… Gonna try it out this weekend :) Is it ok to bake this in a standard 9″ cake tin??

    Regards,
    Shauna

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Shauna,

      Thank you! Yep, you can use a 9″ cake tin, just adjust the baking time accordingly. Hope you will like the cake.

      Happy baking!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Nicole

    Hi Maria, Just wanted to say a big thankyou for sharing this recipe. I made it yesterday for a family birthday and must say it is honestly the best chocolate cake i have ever made and tasted by far!!!

     I made it using Nestle’ cocoa powder as Hersheys’ is hard to find in Australia and expensive too yet it still turned out amazing! I can’t wait to try some more of your recipes now.

     Thanks again,   Nicole

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Nicole,

      Nice to know that the chocolate cake was a hit at your place :) Thank you so much for the comment!

      Hope you get to try some other recipes also… Happy cooking!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Akshata

    Hi Maria. Im a new reader of your blog. a total newbie to cooking. I tried this cake recipe as i had bought a new microwave oven and people couldnt believe that i had made it. It turned out awesome. Thanks Maria. Now i cant wait to try out pineapple upside down cake :) Thanks so much.

    Akshata

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Akshata,

      Welcome to MariasMenu! Its exciting to know that the chocolate cake was a hit :) Thanks for trying it & also for leaving a comment here. Hope you will like the pineapple upside down cake too…

      Happy baking!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Neena Nair

    Hi Maria. I am so glad that I came across your webpage and could finally bake a proper chocolate cake. In all the excitement I had almost missed out on the oil :). Thanks a ton. Will start trying out your other recipes as well :)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Neena,

      You are welcome dear! Its a pleasure to know that the cake came out well for you :) Thank you so much for the comment!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Hema

    Hello Maria,

    I am new to your site and just happy that I got the right site. I
    prepared this cake yesterday, but the cake was sticking to the bottom. I
    didn’t use any parchment paper as  I am not getting it here. I just
    buttered the pan generously and prepared it. Though the cake was very
    tasty and moist, can you tell me an alternate way to prevent cake
    sticking to the pan. Can butter paper be used (I heard that it must not
    be used for oven, Is that so? )

    I am planning to bake this cake tomorrow as I am hosting a party. Awaiting your early updates.

    Thanks a ton for a sumptuous cake :-)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Hema,

      Thanks for trying this recipe. About the cake sticking to the pan, make sure the cake cools and then try to transfer it from the baking pan. Its best to use parchment paper, but if its not available generously greasing the tin is the next best thing to do.

      I’m not sure about the butter paper. Sorry I’m not of much help :(

      Hope your cake turns out great for the party.

      Have fun!

      Cheers
      Maria

      • Hema

        Thanks for your response Maria. The cake still stuck to the pan even after generously applying butter. But I still got a round cake out of the pan, though it left a single layer stuck to the pan. But covered the flaws with generous application of chocolate frosting. It was perfect and everybody just loved it and asked for extra servings ;) Thanks a ton again. Now going on a search for parchment paper… Where are you based on?

        • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

          Hi Hema,

          Great to know that the cake was liked by all :) I do hope you find parchment paper…

          I’m based in Bahrain.

          Cheers
          Maria

    • Bindhya Ratheesh

       Hi hema , i had go through ur problem, for that u can do onething
      butter the pan nicely and spread all purpose flour and tap it ,dont touch. hope this will help u..
      Love,
      Bindhya.

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  • Kt

    hey, i tried this and it was a big success. three people finished the entire cake in like two hours! thanks a lot.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Great to know that the cake was a hit at your place :) Thanks for the comment!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Divya Nair

    Hi Maria,
    A friend of mine suggested your site on FB ..have been following your recipes since then .I finally baked this cake and I must say it was so easy to make..Your recipes are lovely..and it inspires me to try more of them…

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Divya,

      I’m really happy to know that this site inspires you to try out new recipes, thank you! Please convey my special thanks & regards to your friend also for recommending this page :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Bobjems

    Hey dear….thank u so much for this awesome recipe…i made it as a Heart shaped cake for our wedding anniversary …my hubby fell in luv with the cake as soon he tuk a bite of it….keep posting….take care
    Jemy Boben

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Jemy,

      Bleated anniversary wishes to you! Hope you had a great day.

      Thanks dear for baking this cake on your anniversary. I’m really glad that it came out well :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Jincy

    Hi Maria,
    Yesterday was my daughter’s b’day . We always buy a cake from outside every year. Since I have tried a few recipes from your site successfully , I thought of baking this cake , and it came out very well. She likes all stuff made with chocolate and she loved this one. Thanks you very much.
    I have a small doubt though, is whipping cream same as wonder whip, I tried ganache with wonder whip from foster Clark but it doesn’t set after applying to cake, it was still moist. I would like to know what went wrong,so I will be prepared for next time.
    Thanks once again.
    Regards
    Jincy

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Jincy,

      I’m really thrilled to know that you baked this cake for your daughter’s b’day! Thank you very much :)

      As far as I know wonder whip is whipping cream powder, but for ganache, I think its best to use liquid whipping cream rather than whipping cream powder. I havent tried ganche with wonder whip, so I dont know about it. Please do try ganache next time with liquid whipping cream. Hope this helps :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Gayathri Ramdas Sreekanth

    Maria kutti…enjoyin ur vacation? havin a good time in bbay?? tried this out to give it to some family friends…as cupcakes with choc ganache..everyone loved it !! It was really ultra moist… :0

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks a lot dearie :) I’m doing good. Had a great time in bby with my nephews. I’m in cochin now…

      You too take care…
      Maria

  • jaspreet kaur

    hey… thanks fr posting this recipe…i baked it for a friend at the eleventh hour.. and turned out one of the best moist cakes EVERRRR… i am keeping it as my all time fav recipe now.although it took longer fr me to bake in the convection microwave..thanks yt again!!

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Jaspreet,

      Great to know that this is the best moist cake you ever had, thanks a ton dear! Hope your friend also enjoyed the cake. Thanks for the comment too :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Cacamarcolino

    Hey guys, I just made this cake for my fiancee, it’s his birthday today. I spent quite some time online looking up for a very moist chocolate cake and it was 1000% worth it! Wonderful cake, very moist and delish! My fiancee and friends who came over looooved it! I had a chocolate frosting on top and it was a perfect combination. Thank you so much!

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi

      Thanks a ton for your lovely comment. Belated b’day wishes to your fiancee! Great to know that the cake was appreciated by everybody :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • LeRoy McKay

    My cousin made this cake yesterday for a family BBQ and it was to die for. I just had to know her secret so herei am in the process of making it myself. Very moist. Very delicious. Topped with a almost syrupy chocolate ganache and vanilla ice cream. Thank you for making something so delicious available to us baking rookies with a method so easy to follow.

    Xx LeRoy

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi LeRoy,

      Thank you very much for your wonderful feedback! I’m happy to know that you find this recipe easy to follow and that it worked well for you. A special thanks to your cousin also :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • xiao phnn

    hihi maria , 

    may i know the milk you mentioned is what kind of milk ??
    can i mix milk powder + water to get that ? 

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Xiao,

      I think you got the answer already right from FB page :)? Anyways, I’ve used fresh milk for this recipe and I havent tried it with milk powder.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Churchryu

    Hi I am based in the uk, so took me quite a while to adjust the recipe from cups into grams and mls. I have used a very large loaf tin, so the cake took forever to cook, but it is worth it!! Delicious!!! Thankyou.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Chur,

      Nice to know that the cake came out well even if you had a bit of trouble :) Thanks a lot for trying this recipe and also for the comment.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Nadia

    Hi Maria, really great recipe! Its in the oven as I am writing this, added a efw falvourings but don’t know how it will turn out (was putting in vanilla and rum) however when it was made, the batter was very runny. Worried if I have made a mistake :( usually batters are thick and creamy mine just ran..I did had to convert all into grams…broke my measuring cups :(

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Nadia,

      Thank you! I do hope your cake came out well. Dont worry about the runny batter. It’s supposed to be like that.

      Majority of the readers prefer cup measurement, hence I give it that way.

      Cheers
      Maria

      • Nadia

        Thanks maria for your reply! :D i used to use cups measurements, but since it is broken…end up converting it :(…

        it turned out excellent!! but since i usually dable with changing this and that it seemed a little heavy? perhaps because i used olive oil. Made another today with valrhona cocoa to see how the taste differs with hershey ^_^ (currently cooling it as i type)

        can’t wait!!

        speaking of cocoa do you have any favourite cocoa powder? (its the first time I’m using valrhona :) )

        • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

          Hi Nadia,

          Unless, its specifically mentioned in the recipe, I think it’s better to use sunflower oil for baking. The cake is actually very soft and light in texture.

          I normally use Hershey’s for baking, but recently I tried Hintz brand and I’m happy with that too :)

  • Evedarling

    Hi Maria! This recipe is seriously amazing and so easy! I wish I took a better picture. I topped it with ganache made with low fat milk, and I added a tsp of vanilla essence to the recipe. Everyone thought it was fabulous. Thanks again for this!

    I baked it in a round tin and it took around 45 mins to bake perfectly. Given the size of the tin I think I could have doubled the recipe to make it higher. It was only about 1.5 inches high after baking. Thanks and keep up the great work!

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Eve

      Thank you! May be next time you can take a good pic and share it with me too.. Nice to know that it was a hit at your place :)

      Cheers
      Maria

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Eve

      Thank you! May be next time you can take a good pic and share it with me too.. Nice to know that it was a hit at your place :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Ambily

    Hi Maria
    ‘I tried this cake today .Must tell you  the process is very easyyyy and tastes superb.!!!

    But only the baking time drove me crazy .I think my new oven(not microwave) with convection is the culprit….could you pls suggest how long shld i bake  @ 180 .
    As chocolate cakes are all time fav in my house .And this recipe will top my list.Thank you for sharing….Great!!!!!!! keep going…….

    Ambily

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Ambily,

      Thanks dear :)

      I think the baking time varies for each oven. I’ve given the time took for me in the recipe. Was this the first thing you baked in your new oven?

      Cheers
      Maria

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Ambily,

      Thanks dear :)

      I think the baking time varies for each oven. I’ve given the time took for me in the recipe. Was this the first thing you baked in your new oven?

      Cheers
      Maria

  • alvin

    Hi Maria,

    Thanks for this yummy recipe! My wife really loved it!

    Godbless.

    Alvin

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      You are welcome Alvin! I’m glad that your wife liked the cake. Thanks for the feedback :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Elby

    hai maria.. i am new follower of your blog.. i tried this out.. it came really good.. thank you so much…

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Elby,

      Welcome to MariasMenu! Thanks a lot for trying this cake and also for posting the comment :)

      I’m happy that you liked it.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Carol_rods

    hi Maria,
    tried making this cake yesterday and it was absolutely delicious!! my husband and 3 year old son relished it…
    Thank you so much…

    Alison

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      You are welcome Alison! It’s so nice to know that your family liked it :) Thanks a lot for the comment!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Merrit

    Hi Maria,
    Made this cake yesterday..it was yummy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!one of the best chocolate cakes i ever made.was very soft and delicious…i had doubts when i saw the runny batter but i boldly went ahead:)i could make some 12 cupcakes and a cake with the measurement u specified…thanks a lot for it!!keep posting:):)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Merrit,

      Thanks dear! Yeah, everybody gets a bit scared when they see the runny batter, but it’s like that only :) I’m so happy that you liked it.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Anandi

    Hi Maria,
    I have tried a number of your recipes but I keep coming back to this cake!!! Its yummy and a favorite with my family…I haven’t yet managed to shoot a pic of this cake but will try to do so the next time I bake and mail it to you…thanks for this yummmmm recipe…..

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Anandi,

      Thank you! Nice to know that this cake is a favourite of your family :) would love to see your cake pic. Hope you get to take a pic next time.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Trini

    I have never EVER baked a cake before from scratch – I am a total rookie when it comes to baking desserts; for some reason, I felt like making this…and not just for myself, but for guests!!!

    It’s such a non-fuss recipe! It turned out awesome!

    I didnt have enough chocolate for the ganache but I used the 80g of dark chocolate i had to make into a chocolate syrup….I melted the chocolate with 1 small can of sweetened condensed milk with a table spoon or two of milk. It soaked into the already moist cake and the result was YUM!!! 

    Leftovers stayed YUMMY for days!

    Thank you for this recipe!!!

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Trini,

      Thanks a bunch dear! I’m really excited to know that this cake turned out well in your first attempt and was appreciated by the guests too :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Suman

    I tried this cake today and it turned out like a brownie, didnt rise much.. was more flat but it tasted good.
    is there any tip to make it fluffy?  i used a 8″ pan. and i divided the entire measure by half as i felt your measure might over flow in my 8″ pan. Your images loook wow. mine tasted good, but looked more like brownies :)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Suman,

      Sorry to hear that your cake didnt come out perfect! Though I’m not sure why it happened like that, my guess is…

      either the oven temp was high or the cake was baked for a long time? Also, if the raising agent (baking powder/baking soda) is not fresh (i mean if it’s nearing expiry) then it may affect the cake at times.

      Hope it comes out perfect the next time :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Ligy

    Hi maria,
    I have tried your Eggless chocolate cake and the other one with wheat flour, both were super. Can i try this ultramoist cake with wheat powder instead of All purpose flour, so that it will be healthy.My husband dont like to make cake with Maida
    Ligy

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Ligy,

      Nice to know that the cakes came out well for you. Thanks for trying them :)

      I havent tried this cake with wheat flour yet, but I think it willl make this cake dense. The texture of this cake is so soft and light and I doubt you will get the same texture if you use atta.

      May be you can try with a small qty n see how it works…

      Cheers
      Maria

  • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

    Hi Mickie,

    Thank you! yep, it’s an easy one. Great to know that your family enjoyed it.

    Cheers
    Maria

  • Lyra_tabino

    Hi Maria,
    I am a first timer in your blog. I would like to ask how is it possible to prolong the shelf life of your cake? What do I add? Thanks so much!

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Lyra,

      I usually dont store cakes for more than a cake except for the Christmas fruit cake.

      If you want to store it for 1-2 weeks, you can store it in fridge and if for longer time, you can freeze it.

      I dont know about adding any special ingredient to the cake to increase its shelf life…

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Priya Dominic

    Maria… it came out excellant.. but it was too moist tht i could not cut it…podinju pokuaarunnu… is it becos it required some more baking time? I took it out after 25 minutes of baking and when the tooth pick inserted came out clean.. it was greatly cracked on top also. I baked the tray in the middle with heat option set to both sides! Pelase help.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Priya,

      There can be several reasons why the cake crumbles…

      if the cake is cut before it’s cooled completely, it crumbles

      over beating the batter can cause the cake to crumble

      does any of this apply to you? I do hope it comes out perfect next time.

      Cheers
      Maria

      • Priya Dominic

        Hi Maria,
        I think the over beating applies to m… the final beating should have been with hand I feel rather than the Hand mixie, Amma used to saytaht earlier – after putting flour dont beat a lot. I wanted to get an opinion from you. I am going to bake a secial birthday cake – a professional one. I have used Fondant earlier .. but taste wise tahts not good. What do you say. I want it to be edible and ould love to do some royal icing lace on top as well. Prefer white color also :-)

        • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

          Hopefully it comes out well next time :) About the icing, I’m not an expert on it dear.. I actually do very little icing, so my knowledge is limited. I havent tried fondant and royal icing, so I’m really sorry I cant be of much help :(

          The only white coloured icing I’ve used is whipping cream icing, cream cheese icing and butter icing. Out of these, my fav is cream cheese.

          Hope your b’day cake comes out perfect! All the best and have fun baking and icing :)

          Cheers
          Maria

          • Priya Dominic

            Thanks MAria.. I will try out and let you know.. also want to experiment on Red velvet cake witha  natural color. Will let you know the outcome.

          • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

            all the best for your experiments! I do hope it comes out well :)

            Cheers
            Maria

  • Cath

    Hi maria, do you think it can be made with added coffee? If so, how much is the ideal amount? Thanks

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Cath,

      Though I havent tried making it with coffee, I think you can do that. The qty depends on how much coffee flavour you want in your cake. If you are looking for a strong coffee flavour, you can use 1 tbsp instant coffee powder in 1/2 cup hot water and add this to the cake batter.

      Also, please check the sugar qty also if you are using strong coffee solution as well. It’s not a very sweet cake.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

    Thank you very much :)

  • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

    Hi Rekha,

    First of all a very happy b’day to your daughter! Thanks a bunch for selecting this recipe to bake on a special occasion :). I’ve never tried baking with coconut oil, sounds like a good idea!

    Cheers
    Maria

  • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

    You are welcome dear! Glad that the recipe worked for you :)

    Cheers
    Maria

  • Poornimamd

    I made this cake and it came out swell. it’s the darkest cake i’ve ever baked, thanks Maria! 

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thank you Poornima! Glad that you liked it :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

    Thank you! Good to know that this cake was enjoyed by kids :)

    Cheers
    Maria

  • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

    Hi Anitha,

    Sorry to hear that the cake didnt turn out well. I’m not sure why it happened like that. I use Hershey’s cocoa powder. Did you check the expiry date of he cocoa powder you used?

    Cheers
    Maria

  • ish07

    Hi Maria, i tried my 1st chocolate cake with the help of your recipe,but it didnt turn out good,it was very bitter, i guess the cocoa powder was too much in it. Apart from that it had a very bland after taste,as that of the flour itself…..is there a specific order in which we add the dry ingredients,to the chocolate & butter mixture.I added sugar,flour and then baking soda…..
    It was however very moist.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Ish,

      Sorry to hear that the cake didnt turn out well for you :(

      From your comment, I assume either the cake batter wasnt mixed well or the cake was undercooked. I dont know how the bitter taste can come, may be you can try with another brand coco powder.

      There is no particular order in adding, since everything is mixed together. Hope your cake comes out well next time..

      Happy baking and all the best!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • http://www.facebook.com/mohini.verlekar Mohini Verlekar

    Tried yr receipe Ultra Moist Chocolate Cake n it turned out to be too good. Many Thanks for yr receipe. Mohini (GOA)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      You are welcome Mohini! Great to know that the cake turned out well :) Thanks a lot for sharing your feedback here.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • http://www.facebook.com/mohini.verlekar Mohini Verlekar

    Hi Maria, Treid yr receipe of Ultra Moist Chocolate Cake and it turned out to be too good. Many thanks

  • Smitha Vimal

    Hi Maria..am baking a cake for the first time and that too in my convection microwave, searched for lots of easy recipes, and somehow came upon this one of yours, always loved dark soft cakes..specially my husband loves cakes…so wanted to to try out.. really many many thanks, it came out so well…was very yummy..will surely recommend this recipe..also very encouraging that my first trial was a success..Thanks a ton!

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Smitha,

      Great to know that the cake turned out well in your first attempt itself. Thanks a lot for selecting this recipe and also for sharing your feedback here :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

    Hi Neethu,

    Thanks a bunch dear :) Yeah the batter is watery, but it comes out well in the end. May be next time you can take a pic and share it here :)

    Cheers
    Maria

  • Teena Joseph

    Hi dear Maria,
    This is teena ur cuz from kply now in kuwait.Fisrt of all a big applause to ur ‘venture’.Its getting better each day.Ur chocolate cupcake turned out really well.I didn’t bake till the time u specified i guess it varies according to the oven we use.I made this specially for my elder one Anushka and both the kids really liked it.Thanks a lot.We r proud of u.:)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Dear Teena,

      How are you? So nice to hear from you :)

      Thanks a bunch for your encouraging words dear.. yeah the baking time varies for each oven.. I’m really happy that the cake came out well for you.

      Hope your little ones are doing good..

      Take care,
      Maria

  • http://www.facebook.com/jonaki.thomas Jonaki Ghosh Thomas

    Hi Maria – Tried this recipe last evening. Kids wanted to gobble the whole thing. Saved some . Acted as bait for breakfast ( idlis) .for this morning. Worked like a dream. Hubby tried one as morning snack – can’t stop praising. So thanks my dear! :)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Jonaki,

      Thanks a bunch for your comment dear :) So happy to know that the cake was liked by your kids and I liked your idea of using it as a bait ;)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Chetana

    Hay Maria

    I tried your cake receipe it came out very well and tasted good I also tried your eggless choco cake receipe as well both came out well I am very happy I tumbled onto your website because whenever I tried making cake it used to end up in a disaster I love your recipes simple to make and very tasty thank you for posting and keep writing

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Chetana,

      Thanks a lot for your comment dear! I’m also happy that you tumbled onto my site :) Great to know that you liked the cake recipes.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

    Hi Priya,

    Thanks a ton for your sweet and kind words of appreciation, it means a lot to me :)

    Great to know that you could successfully bake with the recipe posted here. Also a big than you for recommending my site to your friends and family.

    Best wishes,
    Maria

  • sheighlah

    Best chocolate cake ever. Liked how it wasn’t overly sweet and very moist. I was going to make the ganache frosting and needed a cake to go with it. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw this cake had that frosting. Made it with a friend who had never made a cake from scratch. She couldn’t believe how easy it was and how much better tasting than a box. Will definitely make this cake again and again.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Sheighlah,

      Thanks a bunch for your great feedback, appreciate it very much. Really happy to know that you and your friend enjoyed baking and having this cake :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • deepa

    Hi maria,
    I made this cake for my husband’s b’day recently – it was a hit with my family and friends. This cake is so easy to make and comes out so well – the rich chocolaty colour is amazing! Since my husband is a chocoholic i put a chocolate icing on top !!! The result was awesome rich chocolate cake!! Thanx for sharing

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Deepa,

      Bleated b’day wishes to your husband! I’m really happy that the cake turned out well and the b’day boy enjoyed it :)

      Thank you so much for sharing your feedback here.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Jennifer Marcus

    The cupcakes tasted HORRIBLE. I couldn’t just get what it tasted like. They all got wasted. Would never try the recipe again.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Jennifer,

      Sorry to hear it didnt work out for you… it’s your wish whether you want to try it again or not..

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Faria

    Omg!! I just made this cake and it was perfect!!!! Thanks so much!!!! So yummy so tasty so perfect!!! If I want to make a larger cake or more cupcakes do I double the quantities of the ingredients?

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Faria,

      Thanks a bunch dear :) Yep to make larger qty, double the ingredients and adjust the baking tins and baking time accordingly.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Kat

    Maria, the cake came out so well. thanks a ton for the recipe. It was super moist, dark in color and yummy..

  • Kat

    I posted a comment yesterday. Since this recipe has got a record number of comments, I am not sure whether it really reached you. Not able to find mine. Want to thank you and say that this is such a great recipe. The cake came out looking lovely and dark, super moist and yummy. Thanks a ton !! With your help, I am now officially a baker ..yay !! I loved the texture of the cake, the way it is not overly sweet, just everything about it. Thank you again, God bless.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Kat,

      Your comment did reach me :) Sorry, it took some time to appear on the site.

      I’m really happy that you liked this cake. So baker, what are you going to bake next :)?

      Thanks a lot dear for sharing your comment here, appreciate it very much.

      Cheers
      Maria

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  • mar

    Hi Maria!
    I want to try this out tomorrow, but you said you wouldn’t suggest to layer it. What if you bake two separate batches then put one on top of the other would that work?

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Mar,

      First of all my apologies for the delayed reply :( Yes, you can bake 2 different cakes and layer it.

      I do hope you got to tried this one and liked it too..

      Cheers
      Maria

  • http://www.facebook.com/carly.reed.104 Carly Reed

    I made this tonight and oh my goodness! amaze!!! such a gorgeous cake, moist and delicious! thanks for posting the recipe! mmmmm nom nom nom!

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks a bunch Carly :) Loved your comment!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeng715 Jenny Lyn Payumo Alfabeto

    hmmmm im really hoping to make this kind of super moist cake for years .. I have seen this on your blog and checked the other versions using the same recipe but yours looked the best among the rest . How did u make it so wet looking that it shines when its photographed (super/very moist) lol while the others looked a bit dry compared to yours? well im basing it on the pics they posted. I really really love how this cake looked like. It looks so delicious and the melt in your mouth type of cake which I really love to make.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thank you very much Jenny! I didnt do anything different from the recipe, I just followed the recipe to the T and I’ve shared my extra tips in the notes section :) I take the food pics in Natural light to do maximum justice to the recipe, may be that’s the reason.

      I do hope you get to bake it soon and it works well for you too.. Happy baking and all the best!!

      Cheers
      Maria

      • http://www.facebook.com/jeng715 Jenny Lyn Payumo Alfabeto

        Oh I will. This is one of the recipes on my list that I would like to try for the coming Christmas day feast. I guess I should do a test bake first and when it comes out good, I’ll let you know ;) Thank you again !! :)

        • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

          Thanks Jenny :) Yeah do a test baking and see, that’s always a good idea :)

          Wish you a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!

          Cheers
          Maria

          • http://www.facebook.com/jeng715 Jenny Lyn Payumo Alfabeto

            Hi Maria ! Merry Christmas to you and your family ! :) The cake turned out great ! Love it . The texture is “melt in your mouth” kind that I always hope to make with the other recipes i have but I can’t seem to make. And this is the recipe I have been looking for and the one I will keep forever. <3 Thanks so much again ! and Happy Holidays! i will try to post a picture of it later :) I have done lots of batches after the test bake was a success lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeng715 Jenny Lyn Payumo Alfabeto

    hmmmm im really hoping to make this kind of super moist cake for years .. I have seen this on your blog and checked the other versions using the same recipe but yours looked the best among the rest . How did u make it so wet looking that it shines when its photographed (super/very moist) lol while the others looked a bit dry compared to yours? well im basing it on the pics they posted. I really really love how this cake looked like. It looks so delicious and the melt in your mouth type of cake which I really love to make.

  • jaya

    I found this cake to be very oily/ greasy, rather than moist. I think I would choose another recipe, as I find that all I could taste was the oil… I used a bland rice bran oil, and it still overpowered the chocolate taste. I felt like I had taken a spoonful of oil, instead of cake. It also did not make that much cake… it just made a 7 inch round cake at a reasonable height.

  • jaya

    Hi Maria!
    I made this cake again…. I put in 125 g butter, and 1 tablespoon oil, instead of what the recipe says, and put in a half tsp of baking powder, instead of soda, wow, it came out delicious, soft, super moist and chocolatey, and looks just like your pictures, instead of the weird oil-soaked kitchen sponge I made yesterday. I think perhaps, the difference in flour that grows in different places can account for it. This flour I have needed more rising and less oil. So great, now, wow. Thanks for the recipe, but don’t be afraid to change if needed! I am at sea level, so altitude couldn’t have had anything to do with it.
    So glad it turned out, now, thanks!

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Jaya,

      I’m happy that it worked for you finally. I’m not sure why it didnt come out well in the first attempt.

      I always give measurements in the site, based on my trial and errors. Unfortunately, sometimes it doesnt work for some people :( But, I’m really happy that with a few adjustments, your cake turned out well.

      Thanks for giving this recipe a second chance and for sharing your experience with me.

      Wish you a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • jaya

    Thanks Maria, I hope you have a Merry Christmas, too.
    Yes, it was really strange how the adjustment worked. I know I measured right the first time, because my husband double checked me, as we always do with new recipes…I took this cake to work, covered in modelling chocolate in a Christmas flowers and leaves theme. There was none left within an hour (only 7 people!), and everyone praised that it wasn’t too sweet.
    I’m going to attempt to convert this recipe to an Ultra- Moist ginger cake, made with buckwheat flour…I’ll tell you how it turns out.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Jaya,

      Thanks for the wishes. Glad that your friends also enjoyed this cake.

      Hope the ginger version also comes out well :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeng715 Jenny Lyn Payumo Alfabeto

    This is the cake I made using your recipe .. I frosted it with Mocha swiss meringue buttercream , it complimented the cake very well lol the cupcake version was long gone …. Thanks again !!! :)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Jenny,

      Thank you so much for sharing the pic with me :) The cake looks really fab!

      wish you a wonderful and happy new year!

      Cheers
      Maria

      • http://www.facebook.com/jeng715 Jenny Lyn Payumo Alfabeto

        THank you !! and same goes to you and your family ! Cheers !

  • Guest

    Hi. Maria, I really loved this recipe, very rich and an icing in itself. I added 1/4cup of walnuts and 1/4 cup of orange peels just for a little pizzaz for my husband and he liked it. I have recommended this recipe to my friends as well.
    Preetha

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks a bunch Preetha :) Great to know that it came out well for you. Adding walnuts and orange peel sounds interesting :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Ann

    The ultra moist chocolate cake was wonderful..haven’t had a chocolate cake that was good even without icing.. I think the moistness serves as an icing/ filling in itSelf. I spiced it a little bit for my husband by adding 1/4c of walnuts and 1/4c orange peel. It just added a little more crunch and added a variety to the flavor. Thanks Maria and looking forward to trying more of your recipes. By the way I tried your mocha walnut bundt cake , it was good too, reminded me of the Ann’s marble cake.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Ann :) Great to know that this cake and marble cake came out well for you :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Chitz

    My all time favorites ‘Moist Choc cake’.. Thanks a lot for posting this recipe.. It turned out really good :)
    Can I post this in my blog referring back to your link?

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks a lot Chitz :) Yep, you can post it on your blog with a link back to the original recipe. Thanks in advance for that :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Rekha

    Hi again Maria..

    HAD to write a bit on this recipe. I’ve made it thrice and its become a firm favourite around here.
    Came out really well the first time around- so much so that it was polished off within a few hours with lots of complaints from my hubby and son that I had made too little!( I had used the same quantity as in the recipe and had been planning to use it as the ‘informal’ b’day cake for my daughter – can never be sure when my kitchen jinxes begin to kick in).

    So, I was really chuffed and tried doubling the quantities the next day..but realized too late that I had run out of caster sugar and in my impatience, replaced it with some leftover brownsugar instead- and because I was in a tearing hurry that day, I ended up adding the sugar to the still warm cocoa mixture- may have been the fatal error.. cos I ended up with this very liquidy cake mix in the end. I tried adding more flour to compensate but not enough I guess… cos soon I had all that gooey mixture boiling over and spilling onto the baking tray in the oven..After struggling for 3 hrs,( lowering the temp, using silver foil to cover the cake etc) I managed to salvage half the cake and the remainder stayed in the fridge for a few days as an amazingly yummy super- ultra- moist -cake which , had I had the time and inclination , been turned into cakepops, for the b’day..but i was perfectly happy tucking away into it as it was. :)

    The third time around, (yesterday) – I stuck to the recipe and halleluia…:) scored points big time! Hubby’s work colleagues were full of praise and the kids loved it too. The only fault with this cake- it doesn’t last 24 hrs.- its devoured with way too much gusto. :)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Rekha,

      It was a pleasure to read your experience with this recipe :) I’m really happy that this cake is liked by your family n friends.

      Belated b’day wishes to your daughter. Hope she had a wonderful b’day!

      Take care n may be you can bake triple the qty next time ;)

      Cheers
      Maria

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Rekha,

      It was a pleasure to read your experience with this recipe :) I’m really happy that this cake is liked by your family n friends.

      Belated b’day wishes to your daughter. Hope she had a wonderful b’day!

      Take care n may be you can bake triple the qty next time ;)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Mary

    Awesome cake recipe.. I tried it the first time and it was a super hit.. I use my microwave oven and the first time around the cake needed 35 mins in the oven..The second time, I tried doubling the quantities and increased the baking time to 45 mins… The cake is tasty but slightly under-baked and I’m a bit disappointed.. Any ideas?

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Mary,

      Good to know that the cake turned well. Try baking it a bit more longer when you bake double the qty or you can use a bigger tin and bake for 45 mins.

      Cheers
      Maria

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Mary,

      Good to know that the cake turned well. Try baking it a bit more longer when you bake double the qty or you can use a bigger tin and bake for 45 mins.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • disqus_dACDrWKh37

    OH MY GOODNESS! What a recipe! This was absolutely delicious. So moist! I was very skeptical about trying this out; for one one I don’t have a lot of baking experience and two, never had to heat ingredients to make a cake so I was unsure about it. But all the positive reviews here gave me the hope that maybe I could find success in this recipe. And I am so glad I made it. Turned out extremely well and this is recipe is a keeper. The only thing that didn’t seem right was that the cake deflated once I took it out of the oven. I was watching it when it was baking and saw that it had risen a lot and had formed a peak about an inch higher than the baking tin. But once it was out it deflated and became flat, still risen though (to maybe about 1 1/2 times the level of batter). Did this happen with your cake as well? Thanks a lot for the recipe. Here’s a picture of my cake.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Your cake looks fab! I’ve shared it on MariasMenu FB page too..

      The reason for cake forming a dome while baking… it usually happens, when the cake tin used is smaller. Next time try using a bigger pan. I think it should work.

      Cheers
      Maria

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Your cake looks fab! I’ve shared it on MariasMenu FB page too..

      The reason for cake forming a dome while baking… it usually happens, when the cake tin used is smaller. Next time try using a bigger pan. I think it should work.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • ida.j.dsouza@gmail.com

    Hi Maria,

    This is a recipe for keeps!

    I made this cake(without the ganache) for valentines day… and it was super yummy.

    Thanks a million for this wonderful recipe… without doubt, this is the best chocolate cake ever!

    Ida.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thank you so much Ida :) Really happy that you liked this cake.

      Cheers
      Maria

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thank you so much Ida :) Really happy that you liked this cake.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • ida.j.dsouza@gmail.com

    Hi Maria,

    This is a recipe for keeps!

    I made this cake(without the ganache) for valentines day… and it was super yummy.

    Thanks a million for this wonderful recipe… without doubt, this is the best chocolate cake ever!

    Ida.

  • ida.j.dsouza@gmail.com

    Hi Maria,
    I made this one(without the ganache) for Valentines day…it came out really good. The picture is on my facebook, and have given credits to you :)
    This is the best chocolate cake ever… thanks a million for super yummy recipe!

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks again Ida dear :) If you dont mind, you can send the pic to mjm@jpm.cc

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Tej

    Hi Maria,
    The cake looks delish!!!:)Am dying to try it out!! Just wanted to know whether the cup measurement is based on the USA cup measurement system or the Australian/European and also whether the flour and cocoa powder were sifted and compressed before measuring? Also what was the brand of the flour that you used and for how long was the egg beaten and what should the size of my baking pan be if I bake a round cake?I apologize for the number of questions but i just want the cake to turn out to be perfect!!!

    Thank you:)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Tej,

      I use the standard baking cups that’s available here in Bahrain. I’m not sure whether it’s American or European measurement. I think, you can use the cups that you’ve, provided everything is measured using those same cup. As long as the proportion of the ingredients are correct, it should be ok.

      I havent sifted the cocoa powder and flour. I used Bahrain mills all purpose flour. Just beat the egg using a fork, like how you do to make an omelette.

      If you are baking the above qty, you can use a 7 inch round cake tin.

      Hope it’s clear now..

      Cheers
      Maria

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Tej,

      I use the standard baking cups that’s available here in Bahrain. I’m not sure whether it’s American or European measurement. I think, you can use the cups that you’ve, provided everything is measured using those same cup. As long as the proportion of the ingredients are correct, it should be ok.

      I havent sifted the cocoa powder and flour. I used Bahrain mills all purpose flour. Just beat the egg using a fork, like how you do to make an omelette.

      If you are baking the above qty, you can use a 7 inch round cake tin.

      Hope it’s clear now..

      Cheers
      Maria

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Tej,

      I use the standard baking cups that’s available here in Bahrain. I’m not sure whether it’s American or European measurement. I think, you can use the cups that you’ve, provided everything is measured using those same cup. As long as the proportion of the ingredients are correct, it should be ok.

      I havent sifted the cocoa powder and flour. I used Bahrain mills all purpose flour. Just beat the egg using a fork, like how you do to make an omelette.

      If you are baking the above qty, you can use a 7 inch round cake tin.

      Hope it’s clear now..

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Tej

    Hi Maria,
    The cake looks delish!!!:)Am dying to try it out!! Just wanted to know whether the cup measurement is based on the USA cup measurement system or the Australian/European and also whether the flour and cocoa powder were sifted and compressed before measuring? Also what was the brand of the flour that you used and for how long was the egg beaten and what should the size of my baking pan be if I bake a round cake?I apologize for the number of questions but i just want the cake to turn out to be perfect!!!

    Thank you:)

  • http://twitter.com/Madeeha_farooq Madeeha farooq

    Hi Maria

    I made this ultra moist chocolate cake, and it was great :)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Madeeha for the comment :)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Madeeha for the comment :)

  • http://twitter.com/Madeeha_farooq Madeeha farooq

    Hi Maria

    I made this ultra moist chocolate cake, and it was great :)

  • melisha noronha

    Hi Maria
    I tried out this recipe. It was excellent though it was not ultra moist. I probably missed getting the quantity/ quality of ingredients right. Nonetheless, i personally loved the recipe compared to many others that i tried. Since it was soft but not so moist, i was able to layer it as well. Just wanted to know how i can get the stiff whipped cream frosting. Everytime, i seem to struggle with it.

  • melisha noronha

    Hi Maria
    I tried out this recipe. It was excellent though it was not ultra moist. I probably missed getting the quantity/ quality of ingredients right. Nonetheless, i personally loved the recipe compared to many others that i tried. Since it was soft but not so moist, i was able to layer it as well. Just wanted to know how i can get the stiff whipped cream frosting. Everytime, i seem to struggle with it.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Melisha,

      Thanks for trying this recipe. I’m not sure how it didnt turn out moist :((

      To get a stiff whipping cream, keep the whipping cream in freezer for 5-20 mins, just before whipping it. Also keep the beater and vessel you sue for whipping, in the fridge for half an hour or so.
      You can also add a pinch of cream of tartar, it gives stiff peak. You can also check out whipped cream icing using gelatine, it gives a very stabilized icing.

      Hope this helps..

      Cheers
      Maria

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Melisha,

      Thanks for trying this recipe. I’m not sure how it didnt turn out moist :((

      To get a stiff whipping cream, keep the whipping cream in freezer for 5-20 mins, just before whipping it. Also keep the beater and vessel you sue for whipping, in the fridge for half an hour or so.
      You can also add a pinch of cream of tartar, it gives stiff peak. You can also check out whipped cream icing using gelatine, it gives a very stabilized icing.

      Hope this helps..

      Cheers
      Maria

  • melisha noronha

    Hi Maria
    I tried out this recipe. It was excellent though it was not ultra moist. I probably missed getting the quantity/ quality of ingredients right. Nonetheless, i personally loved the recipe compared to many others that i tried. Since it was soft but not so moist, i was able to layer it as well. Just wanted to know how i can get the stiff whipped cream frosting. Everytime, i seem to struggle with it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jessie.hamilton1 Jessie Hamilton

    How long does it take to cook?

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi,

      I’ve mentioned the baking time in the recipe itself. Please refer to the same.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Nani

    Hi Maria,
    I baked the cake recently for my husband’s birthday and it was a big hit! Thank you for sharing it!

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thank you Nani :) Belated b’day wishes to your husband!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Samantha

    This is a delicious moist, yummy chocolate cake! I only used half a cup of sugar and a bit more cocoa for a more deep chocolately flavour, served with ice-cream, just lovely! Thanks for the recipe!

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thank you Samantha :) I’m sure it tasted great with ice cream…

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Cherel Bartlett

    This is super yummy!

    By accident I forgot to put egg in the cake but still it’s delicious. with the Ganache I use think cream and still it’s yummy.

    Thank you for sharing this recipe Maria!

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thank you Cherel :) Btw, it’s nice to know that it worked well even without egg!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Cherel Bartlett

    This recipe is the best! Thanks for sharing Maria!
    I accidentally forgot to put the egg but it still come out perfect and delicious. I used thick cream with my ganache and it work perfectly.

  • Peter Schuenke

    Will this amount of batter be enough for a 13″x9″ cake pan?

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Peter,

      I think it would be better if you make 1.5 times of the qty given in the recipe for the pan size you’ve mentioned.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • sagrika

    For how much tym should i bake it in micro convection mode??

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Sagrika, I think the baking time will be the same as electric oven. The timing can vary depending on the size of the pan you are using.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • lorna

    Hi what size tin do you use to bake the cake?

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi,

      For the qty mentioned in the recipe you can use a 8 or 9 inch round cake pan.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Christina

    Love it! My search is over! been looking for a moist chocolate cake recipe for a long time and I’ve tried a couple but none of it satisfied me since I tried your recipe. OMG…this is the recipe I’ve been looking for. Very moist and taste sooo goood. My children loved it. Thank you for sharing your recipe. I have one question, you said that you dont use this in fondant because it is very moist, what if i will use this cake in marshmallow fondant how bad it is gonna be? I really love the cake but I want fondant so i can make my daughter’s cake really colourful. What should I do.Or do u have other chocolate cake recipe for fondant? My daughter’s birthday is next week, so i really need a chocolate cake recipe with fondant. I hope u can help me. Thank u!

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks a bunch Christina for your lovely comment! I’m so happy that this recipe ticked all your boxes :) Also I’m glad that your kids liked it.

      Well I havent tried working on fondant, so I’m not sure. But I think if you are not cutting the cake into layers, it should be ok. If you are planning to make a layered cake, it would be better if you make two separate cakes n layer it.

      Also, check out this chocolate cake recipe. This is also very moist but a bit firmer than this one. Also one of my friends have tried fondant icing with this recipe and it worked well.

      http://www.mariasmenu.com/desserts/moist-chocolate-cake-with-chocolate-buttercream-ganache

      Hope this helps…

      Wish your daughter a wonderful b’day and May God Bless her!

      • Christina

        Thanks a lot Maria for your reply. You are so generous in sharing your ideas. I have one more question if you dont mind, my daughter’s bday is on Sunday but I have work Sat & Sun, the party will be in the evening so I still have time to pepare after my work but I only have a few hours to set up everything. Can I make the cake on Friday? Where can I store it after? Thanks again.

        • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

          Hi Christina,

          You are welcome!

          Sorry for the delayed reply :(

          Yes, you can make this cake ahead. Once the cake is cooled completely, wrap it in cling film tightly and leave it on your kitchen counter. Make sure you dont leave it in a humid place.

          I’m talking about the uniced cake here.

          Hope the birthday girl enjoys her cake..

          Cheers
          Maria

  • Madhavikutty

    Have tried out this recipe for my mom in law’s b’day….it turned out to be a huge success :) :) :)
    I got many many compliments for the cake.
    The name you kept for the recipe is apt….it is really moist chocolate cake and just melts into the mouth
    Thanks a lot Maria for this recipe :) You made my day :)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      You are welcome dear :) Great to know that you chose a cake from here to celebrate your MIL’s b’day, thank you!

      Thanks again for sharing your feedback with us.

  • Anuradha Vijayakrishnan

    Hi, turning up here too. Again, can this cake go into a pressure cooker? Hope you can reply quickly. Thanks

  • Sharada Reddy

    Hey! I have tried this recipe twice before and it came out perfect! Baked it for my entire class(of 70) and each one enjoyed it! Will ensure I use this recipe for the rest of my life! Thank u!

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Sharada,

      Thanks a lot for the wonderful feedback :) I’m so happy to know that you find this recipe to be a keeper!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Deepthi Ranjith

    I tried this recipe to make cup cakes few days back before a picnic with friends and it was a big hit among all! Very delicious and moist, i must say. Got special compliments from my foodie/cook husband as well (which is rare) :)

    One of my friends loved it so much that she wanted to know if we can make the same without eggs as well. Any comments / suggestions?

    Cheers!

    Deepthi

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Deepthi,

      Thank you so much for the wonderful comment dear. So happy to hear that this cake fetched you so many compliments :)

      I havent tried this cake without eggs. But I think one of my reader’s tried it that way. Can you please check the comment section of this recipe to know the details?

      Cheers
      Maria

      • Deepthi Ranjith

        Yes, just saw that. Ok then will try it out without eggs this weekend. :) Thanks again!

        PS: This is my husband’s food blog:-
        http://theinsanefoodie.wordpress.com/

        :)

  • anu

    I made this today.texture is good.but I find it too bitter..I used the exact measurement and baked in a baking tray and cut it small brownie sized pieces..yield around 50-60 pieces.i didn’t do frosting.i am just wondering how I am gonna finish this.i am not telling that it is too bad but it is too bitter for me.(even for a chocoholic like me).any easy icing /icing idea for this cake ?

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Anu,

      You can use chocolate ganache icing or plain chocolate icing for this cake. Please have a look at the cake recipes on the blog to see the icing recipes.

      I’ve mentioned in the write up of this cake, the cake isnt too sweet even with icing. You are always free to add more sugar if you prefer a sweeter cake :)

      Cheers
      Maria

      • anu

        Thank u for a quick reply dear friend..I am planning to make a white chocolate icing and definitely gonna send you a pic once done…

  • anu

    I made this today.Texture is good.but I find the cake too bitter .i have baked it in a baking tray and cut it into brownie size pieces yield around 60 pieces.i am just wondering how am I gonna finish this.not that it is bad I find it’s too bitter.i didn’t make the frosting .could you please share any topping ideas.? I am running out of cooking chocolate,butter and cream right now.

  • Lesley Dei Cabildo

    i tried doing it last night and it was superb..super moist and soft..i brought one to the office and it was as moist as last night..thanks maria! i’ll be doing this cake for my nephew’s birthday.. :)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thank you so much Lesley :) I’m glad it worked out well for you.

      Hope your nephew enjoys his b’day cake.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Yileen

    Can I replace the oil with melted butter?

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Yileen,

      sorry dear for the delayed reply :( did you bake the cake?

      I havent tried this with just melted butter, I think the texture may be different if you are using just butter.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Natasha Thomas

    Hi Maria!
    Tried this cake yesterday and I loved it! Super moist and super delicious :) :)
    Do you have any tips on how I could make it a little more firm? A bit of it broke off even after cooling completely and I had to “reassemble” it before doing the icing.
    Natasha

  • sharni

    is it okay to bake wit the basic microwave?

  • ResH

    Hey Maria…This cake is so Divine I must say..it just melts in the mouth…How do u manage to come up with such awesome recipes…Hats off to you…I made this cake for Christmas…I did not have cup cake molds..so I baked it as a cake ..I wanted to make something special..so I made two cakes and made a chocolate sauce ( don’t know if I can call it a sauce..I melted some cooking chocolate and added some cooking cream and butter to it)..I poured this sauce in between the two cake and refrigerated for some time and once I took it out I poured the rest of sauce on top of the cake…And it was just heaven!!!!!

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Resh,

      Thanks again dear for your kind words of encouragement, appreciate it very much :)

      Yeah this cake is a winner! I’m sure it tasted great with the choc sauce :)

      Cheers
      Maria

    • Jancy

      did you use the above quantity batter for the two cakes? or did you double the quantity?… im planning to make a layer cake… will this two
      fit 7 inch oval pans

      • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

        Hi Jancy,

        As mentioned in the recipe, I got a 9 inch loaf and 10 std size cupcakes from the above qty. I didnt double the recipe..

        I guess it should fit two 7 inch, if the pans arent too deep.

        Hope you get to try this soon and like it too..

        Happy baking!

        Cheers
        Maria

  • John Berry

    Where has the recipe gone?

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi John,

      First of all my apologies for the delayed reply.

      There was some tech error when we upgraded the site recently and so some of the recipes were not showing on the site. However we’ve fixed it now.

      Sorry for the inconvenience :(

      Cheers
      Maria

  • John Berry

    Ultra Moist Chocolate Cake

    Prep time: 25 mins

    Cook time: 25 mins

    Total time: 50 mins

    Ingredients

    · Milk – 1½ cups

    · Butter – 100 gms (1/3 cup + 2 tbsp approx)

    · Oil – ¼ cup (John uses Olive oil but any light oil would be fine)

    · Cocoa Powder – ½ cup (John uses Pams)

    · Self Raising Flour – 1 cup (Refer notes for substitute)

    · Egg – 1 beaten, room temp

    · Baking Soda – ½ tsp (refer notes)

    · Sugar – 1 cup + 2 tbsp (250 gms)

    Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven @ 180 C/350-375 F, 10 mins before baking.

    2.

    3. Heat together milk, butter, oil & cocoa powder till the butter melts. Let it cool to room temperature (btw, don’t get disappointed if it doesn’t look very dark at this stage: it darkens up during baking.).

    4. Add flour, baking soda, sugar & beaten egg to the cooled wet ingredients. Beat it well using an electric beater or hand whisk till it is mixed well.

    5. You can either use it to make cupcakes or cake.

    6. Bake in the preheated oven for 15- 20 mins for the cupcake & 25- 30 mins for the cake. The baking time can vary slightly depending on your oven.

    7. For cupcakes: Line your cupcake tin with paper liners (I use 2 liners per cupcake) & pour 3 tbsp of batter in each case. I’m referring to the standard size muffins here.

    8. For cake: Grease your cake tin well & line with parchment/baking paper. Pour the batter.

    Ganache

    9. Whipping cream – ½ cup

    10. Baking chocolate – ¾ cup (John uses Cadbury’s Energy)

    11. Place the baking chocolate (or chocolate chips or buttons) in a bowl.

    12. Heat the cream on low flame till small bubbles start appearing around the edges.

    13. Pour the heated cream into the bowl with chocolate.

    14. Let it rest for 5 mins. Whisk it using a manual whisk. This will give you a liquid consistency ganache. If you want to thicken the ganache for spreading, place the bowl on some ice & whip it. It will start thickening.

    15. Spread the ganache on cooled cupcakes or cake. Enjoy!

    Notes

    This is an extremely moist cake, so it’s not suitable for making a layer cake. You can store the cake (without ganache/icing) @ room temp for 3-4 days in an air tight container.

    (Good luck with trying to keep it that long! Personally I have trouble believing that anyone can have it for more than a day or two without scoffing it!)

    Substitution for self raising flour – to 1 cup self-raising flour, add 1½ tsp baking powder+ ¼ tsp salt to 1 cup all purpose flour.

  • anu

    I can’t see the recipe.. . Do anyone else had the same problem?

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Anu,

      We had some tech issues earlier that’s why you couldnt see the recipe. However we’ve fixed it now.

      Sorry for the trouble :(

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Tastebuds

    tried this! Such an awesome cake! Luved it 2

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thank you so much :)

  • Karthik Nambiar

    Hey brilliant recipe. Tried it and my 2 year old nephew went crazy over it. Thanks for the recipe.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Karthik! Good to know that your nephew liked it :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Dhivya

    Tried this recipe and it came out so gooooood :)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thank you Dhivya :)

  • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

    Hi Kaza,

    For the qty mentioned in the recipe, I think you can use a 7 or 8 inch round cake tin. Yes, you can double the qty if you like.

    Hope you get to try it soon and like it too..

    Happy baking :)

    Cheers
    Maria

    • Kaza

      Hi Maria, thanks for your reply. What an absolutely beautiful cake, just melts in your mouth, it’s a keeper for me.
      Just a question, I made this twice, once using the qty specified in your recipe (delicious). The second one I doubled the ingredients and the cake was moist but on the bottom there was about 1cm layer of chocolate, kind of like the chocolate mixture had sunk to the bottom and the top was nice, airy and fluffy moist. Any ideas where I went wrong? Used 8 inch round pan. Thanks Kaza

      • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

        Hi Kaza,

        Thank you so much :) Good to know that you consider this a keeper recipe.

        However I’m not sure what went wrong when you doubled the qty. Did you use 8 inch round pan for double the qty also? If so try using a bigger cake tin, though I’m not sure whether it helps..

        I’m sorry, i’m not of much help :((

        Cheers
        Maria

  • Kaza

    Hi Maria, thanks for your reply. I tried to cake again with a 10 inch round cake tin and worked perfectly. Thank you. Will be making it for my son’s 5th birhday party.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Kaza,

      Great to know that it came out well :) My b’day wishes to your son! Hope b’day boy enjoys his cake.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Bernice Rodricks

    Hey Maria, I have a question. Do we have to heat the ingredients mentioned in point 1 on a Double boiler or a pan? N ur Recipe is really good

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Bernice,

      Thank you!

      You can heat it directly in a pan, no need of double boiler.

      Cheers
      Maria

      • Bernice Rodricks

        Hey Maria,
        Thnks alot. I tired the recipe.
        It was super super Moist n delicious. Enjoyed it alot. It was over within half an hour ;). Thnks for the recipe.
        God Bless You – Bernice

        • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

          You are welcome Bernice :) great to know that this cake came out well for you. Thanks a lot for leaving a comment here.

          Cheers
          Maria

  • Liz222

    Hi, thank you for this recipe. I’m very eager to try it out. But I don’t have sunflower oil and my grocery doesn’t carry it. Can I use canola oil instead?

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      You are welcome :), Yes you can use canola oil. Hope you get to try this soon and like it too.

      Happy baking!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Irene

    Probably the best choc cake my kids have ever demolished! Thank you!! A definite keeper.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      wow!! that was a really great feedback Irene :) I’m really glad that you liked it.

      Thanks a lot for the comment!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Yash Sanhotra

    hi maria
    the cake turned out really delicate and i breaks very easily. it is very difficult to pack it and take out on picnics.
    what do i do to increase the strength so that it does not become mushy when packed?

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Yash,

      Yep, this cake is very soft, so the chances of crumbling is high :(
      May be you can try baking it in a deep baking dish, so that, when you cut it, it will hold the shape better. If you are looking for other choc cake recipes, please check out this link:

      http://mariasmenu.com/recipes/chocolate-cake-2

      • Yash Sanhotra

        thanks maria! :)

      • Yash Sanhotra

        and yes
        can we use fresh homemade white butter for this cake?
        because i am not able to find unsalted butter in the market

        • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

          Yash,

          Though I havent tried using it, but if you’ve used that butter for baking before, I think it should work for this recipe too..

          Cheers
          Maria

  • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

    Thank you so much :) I’m glad you liked the cake recipe. I never tried freezing the cake, so I’m not sure about how it works :((

    Cheers
    Maria

  • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

    Hi Sarah,

    When it comes to baking, I usually follow the recipe to t and seldom make ant changes. So I’m not sure how the vanilla version works out :((

    However if you happen to try it and comes out well, please do let me know :)

    • Sarah

      I tried it! I also used 1/2 cup of flour (because it was very watery) and some red food colouring to make pink cupcakes! It turned out delicious. I still think that chocolate is better. I have a niece who wanted vanilla that day and it worked.

      • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

        Hi Sarah,

        Thanks for sharing the details here. I’m glad your niece enjoyed the cake :)

        Cheers
        Maria

  • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

    Hi Namitha,

    I’m sorry to hear that it didnt come out perfect :( Pls check out the below link, hope it helps..

    http://www.foodnetwork.co.uk/article/baking-bothers-sinking-cakes.html

    Cheers
    Maria

    • Namitha

      I never took the cake out of the oven.. Btw the way I baked the cake in a microwave..convention mode.. What used to happen was that…if i set the total time to 35 mins.. it will rise up by the 15th min and sink down by the end of the baking time..:(…Anyways i talked to my mother in law about it.. who is an awesome baker with years of experience…she told me to put in the dry ingredients slowly and mix it with the spoon rather than user the beater..Apparently there is some connection to the rising up if you beat it too much.. I tried it and it didnt sink in this time..:D ..Thanks a lot Maria for this recipe and for your help..:)

      • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

        Hi Namitha,

        I’m glad that the cake came out well for you :)

        Cheers
        Maria

  • InkedUpMarketing

    I found this recipe while looking for a moist chocolate cake recipe… I’ve usually used the pudding in the box mix but I’d really rather have control over the ingredients so here I am!

    My question is, can you make this in a bundt pan? My fav is to make a chocolate bundt cake & thin out chocolate icing & pour over it… It’s the perfect amount of sweet & I’d love to use this recipe for it!

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi,

      Thanks for dropping by. I’ve never tried baking it in a bundt pan, but I guess you can. But make sure you grease it nicely. Please keep in mind, This cake is very delicate in texture.

      Hope you get to try this soon, All the best and happy baking!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • lorraine kelly

    Made this for the first time , but it won’t be the last , soooooo moist and yummy . Many thanks for a fantastic recipe

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thank you so much Lorraine for trying this recipe and also for the comment :)

      I’m happy to know that this recipe worked out well for you..

      Cheers
      Maria

  • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

    Hi Lorraine,

    Thanks for choosing this recipe. I do hope you got wonderful feedback for the cake :)

    Cheers
    Maria

  • Cristina Agatep

    Wow i’m a newbie baker and i cant wait to try this! Thank you for sharing

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Cristina :) I do hope you like this cake. All the best and happy baking!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • chandni

    i just made this cake after reading all the amazing reviews.
    i added a little vanilla essence and the taste and moisture was fabulous.
    my two concerns are-
    1) the middle sunk while in the oven cooking – i am going to retry with self raising flour instead of flour+salt+baking powder
    2) the cake is very greasy and oily- do you think i can reduce the quantity of oil? or increase the flour? if so by what quantity?

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Chandni,

      Thanks for trying this recipe.

      The cake sinks in the middle because of a number of reasons:

      overmixing of batter, oven temp being too hot causing the cake to rise fast, opening the oven door in between, not using the correct baking tins, incorrect measurement of raising agents etc;

      You can reduce the oil qty and try, I’ve used the above qty to make the cake, so I’m not sure by how much you should reduce, but may be use 1 tbsp of oil and see…

      Hope it comes out perfect next time.

      All the best and happy baking :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

    Hi Farhana,

    You are welcome :) Nice to know that your first baking attempt became successful!!

    Cheers
    Maria

  • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

    Hi Reyalta,

    Thank you so much for sharing your feedback here :) I’m surprised that you were able to layer this cake and am happy that it worked out well.

    This cake covered in slated caramel sounds yum!

    Cheers
    Maria

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