How to Bake a Chocolate Cake

Let pastry chef David Crofton show you how to bake a chocolate cake in this Howcast food video.

OK. I think that chocolate cake is just about finished. Let me go check it in the oven. Oh, yeah, that’s looking really good. All right, I see that it’s starting to pull away from the side of the pan a little bit. I’m going to grab a knife and just check it for doneness really quickly. Yeah, the knife comes out clean, a couple of crumbs, not a big deal. What you’re looking for is a little bit of moisture. It looks totally finished. I’m going to set this aside to cool completely. I’m going to run a little spatula around the outside to loosen it from the sides of the pan completely. Then once it’s cooled we’re going to take it, put it on a plate, and give it a little dusting of powdered sugar.

We’re going to take it out of the pan by inverting it onto a plate and then reverting it back onto the serving plate that we’re going to use. I’m going to loosen it from the sides with the offset spatula. Now I’m going to take a plate. Turn the cake over onto the plate. Listen for it to fall out. Make sure that that happens. You want to pull off the parchment paper. You do want to handle the cake gingerly at this point. I think it’s going to be really nice. It’s got a great texture and a great appearance. Clean up any crumbs that you have.

This is a simple cake. You can serve it with a little bit of ice cream or just this confectioners’ sugar. It would be awesome with coffee ice cream. You know there’s already coffee in the recipe, but a little bit of coffee ice cream on the side would really just put it over the edge. But it’s nice. It’s a simple cake. It’s really straightforward. You can bake it even if you’re not an expert baker. Great flavor. People are going to go crazy over this one.

That’s the rich chocolate cake.