Several days ago, I was suffering from an unusually strong chocolate craving. Naturally, I went to the freezer where I store the chocolate chips for baking. But, there was nothing there! In a panic, I checked the top of the hutch, where Todd likes to hide M&Ms. But, there was nothing there! The closest thing to consumable chocolate I could find was a container of unsweetened cocoa, but on its own, cocoa is absolutely bitter. I began paging through one of my favorite cookbooks, the Moosewood Restaurant Book of Desserts by The Moosewood Collective, and as if it were meant to be, I came across a recipe called “Six-Minute Chocolate Cake.” Six minutes to prepare, 25 minutes to bake; surely, I could wait that long!
I invited my resident baker of 4-years to help, mostly because we hadn’t spent much time in the kitchen together since moving away from Michigan and I missed him! Colin happily obliged, as chocolate cake is his favorite!
Six-Minute Chocolate Cake by The Moosewood Collective
- 1 1/2 cups unbleached white flour
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 TSP baking soda
- 1/2 TSP salt
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup cold water (or coffee)
- 2 TSP pure vanilla extract
- 2 TBSP apple cider vinegar
1. Preheat the oven to 375.
2. Sift the flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt, and sugar directly into the cake pan. That’s right! No need to grease the pan. No need for extra mixing bowls that you will later have to clean. All ingredients are mixed directly in the cake pan! NOTE: If you want to be able to remove the entire cake from the pan to create a layer cake, line the pan with parchment paper.
4. When the batter is smooth and creamy, add the vinegar and mix quickly. The recipe states that the pale swirls in the batter are evidence of the baking soda and vinegar reaction which helps the cake to rise.
6. If desired, frost the cake (the cookbook suggests vegan Mocha Frosting), but I couldn’t wait around for the cake to cool. We sliced right into it warm from the pan, gave it a quick sprinkle of powdered sugar, and I can’t even describe how delicious it was. Soft, springy, chocolatey, and exactly what I was craving!