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Dump-It Chocolate Cake

Dump-It means: all goes together in a bowl kind of thing. This recipe is easy and it makes the perfect every-day cake slice for breakfast, snacks and so. Not so rich and creamy, this cake is a humble one -to have ready in 1 hour- You can always cut layers and have a creamy yogurt/ sour cream filling to go in the middle of a sandwich cake. Don’t recommend a sweet filling like ganache, but more a refreshing beaten cream with more dark chocolate in it. . .

Did we mention this cake is inspired by Capricorn feels?

Living the season of Capricorns, this cake could be it (a good birthday gift) with total Capricorn vibes: austere, more of a daily pleasure than a forbidden pleasure, strange, bold, blacksy, intimate in its own way, sensual without too many adornments (only 1 strawberry rose and 2 sprays of glitter) unique, bizarre, a bit scary!

Enjoy!

Ingredients
2 cups sugar
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
1 stick unsalted butter, plus more for greasing the pan
2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting the pan
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon cider vinegar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 Strawberry + 1 Edible Glitter Spray *find it online or at Party stores

Procedure:
-Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and place a baking sheet on the lowest rack to catch any drips as the cake bakes on the middle rack

-In a 2- to 3-quart pot, mix together the sugar, unsweetened chocolate, butter and 1 cup of water

-Place over medium heat and stir occasionally until all of the ingredients are melted and blended. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly

-Meanwhile, sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In a small bowl, stir together the milk and vinegar.

-Grease and flour a 9-inch tube pan (Tip: Be meticulous, and really work the butter and flour into the crevices of the pan)

-When the chocolate in the pot has cooled a bit, whisk in the milk mixture and eggs

-In several additions, and without overmixing, whisk in the dry ingredients. When the mixture is smooth, add the vanilla and whisk once or twice to blend.

-Pour the batter into the tube pan and bake on the middle rack until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean, about 30 to 35 minutes.

-Let the cake cool for 10 minutes, then remove from the pan and cool on a rack. Let cool completely

-To decorate: take couple big strawberries and go around peeling them with a knife until obtain long swirls of the fruit’ skin

-With an edible glitter spray, spray around the sides of the cake to your taste, arrange a rose or any shape of flower that you’d like

perfect as is: naked, strange and darkish

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