Recipe by The Pellettiere's
"This is an old Italian family recipe for a cake we make at every big holiday. We actually lost the recipe for a while, and holidays just weren't the same. Then were overjoyed to recover it after a friend reminded us we had given it to her! We call it "The Cake That Saved Christmas." A chocolate delight any gangster would love."
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Dutch process cocoa powder
sifted cake flour
1 1/2 teaspoons
Dutch process cocoa powder
2 2/3 cups
Very good chocolate cake! It's definitely much better than a cake mix! I didn't have cake flour and found that I could use 1 3/4 c. of all purpose flour and 1/4 c. of cornstarch as a substitute for the 2 cups of cake flour. I also couldn't find Dutch process cocoa powder at the store. It can be substituted with unsweetened cocoa. The substitution is as follows: for every 3 TBS. of unsweetened cocoa powder, add 1/8 tsp. of baking soda.
I didn't like the way this cake tasted at all. The frosting was too cocoa tasting and the cake was a dry texture.
I usually make a chocolate cake using a box and adding pudding but decided to try to make one from scratch this year. I have dear friends that just love a good chocolate cake. I tried this recipe and and WOW! It was melt in your mouth delicious. The frosting was nice and thick and easy to spread. I have never had frosting turn out so well. I made a two layer quarter sheet cake because the single layer looked a bit small. The two layer was a giant and perfect for Christmas dinner! It was a little time consuming to make but well worth it. I made it a day ahead and it was perfect! I can not say enough good things about this cake!
I really loved this recipe and so did my boyfriend, his coworkers, and my clients. Yesterday, a client to whom I gave a cupcake version two weeks ago came back and raved!
A couple of notes- the texture of this cake was interesting..very fine with concentrated flavor without being heavy. It was not the fluffy cake you'd get from a box...more refined and substantial like all the good things of an old fashioned cake combined with the moist, denseness that hinted at a flourless cake (but again, not heavy like that and not thick...like a silk texture).
I followed the recipe to a tee, except that I substituted hot, very strong coffee for the water, and used ghiradelli unsweetened cocoa with baking soda to substitute for the dutch process cocoa (the baking soda comps for the alkali in dutch process) The use of the coffee and gourmet cocoa most likely enhanced the flavor of the cake greatly.
I used the recipe to make cupcakes baked for 39-40 minutes at the prescribed temperature. They came out perfectly..nice and springy-light.
The frosting was a lovely recipe...not too sweet, but still quite decadent. I am not much for super sweet frostings, so that affects my assessment. There was frosting left over, and my bf threatened to eat it with a spoon.
This will be one of my "secret weapon" chocolate cake recipes for sure!
OH MY. What a delicious, special dessert. I added about 1/2 tsp almond to both the cake batter and the frosting. Very similar to Molten Choc Cakes in taste and texture, but easier to do in a 9x13" pan. A perfect addition to our Italian "dinner and a movie" night - Shrimp Scampi, fresh pasta, and "The Godfather".
After making this cake a second time and following the directions to the letter(with the slight exception of adding a 1/4 cup more dutch processed cocoa to the batter)I still have to say this is THE BEST CHOCOLATE CAKE I HAVE EVER HAD. I love it without the frosting, but with a layer of it, it's over the top chocolatey. WOW, am I glad I have this recipe. Some people have remarked about the 300 degree temperature. Trust me, if your oven is accurate it turns out perfect. ENJOY.
This cake tasted sinful. It was very moist and rich. I used it to make a four layer cake for my husband's college graduation party and everyone requested to take home the leftovers.
I must say, the cake IS worth the effort of making it. It was very moist and had a good rich chocolate flavor. I would make it again.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Mafioso Chocolate Cake
Serving Size: 1/18 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 18
Amount Per Serving
** Calories: 340
** Calories from Fat: 114
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