Thursday, March 27, 2014

One Bowl Chocolate Cake

As much as love making big layer cakes and other overly complicated desserts, I love one that is simple and easy. In comes this one bowl chocolate cake. No mixer. No excessive cleaning. Just one bowl, one spoon and one round cake pan. People continue to tell me that simpler is better and maybe they are right. Maybe you don't need all those layers and all that frosting to make a yummy and delicious cake. Let me just say, this cake changed my mind. Simpler is better and just as delicious! I can't believe I am about to say this, but maybe you don't always need frosting (and this girl loves her frosting - just ask the captain).

One of my all-time favorite food bloggers posted a picture of this cake on her Instagram and as soon as I saw it, I knew I had to make it. Like, drop everything I was doing and make. That serious. With school keeping me beyond busy, I didn't have much time to do something extra fancy for Valentines day (yes, I know that was over a month ago, but give a girl a break), but knew that the captain needed to have something a little sweet and a little bit chocolaty. Okay, a lot chocolaty. Plus, a cake that can be whipped up in just a few minutes - now we are talking! To make this cake you only need a few simple ingredients. Most of which I am willing to bet you have in your pantry already. Butter, sugar, flour, chocolate chips, baking powder, salt and egg and the secret ingredient that makes this cake so moist and delicious - raspberry jam! Yes, jam! I thought it sounded strange at first too, but let me tell you, it adds a little something something to the cake. And a who doesn't love raspberries and chocolate together. That's a flavor combination almost as good as peanut butter and chocolate. Almost.

In all honesty, I've never had a cake be so quick and easy to make and be so delicious! Plus, it's a show stopper. Seriously. Once you pull it out of the oven and let it cool, dust it with a bit of powered sugar and top with a handful of fresh raspberries and you have a cake that looks like you bought it from a bakery. If you wanted to get really fancy, you could even drizzle over some ganache, but you don't need to go there with this cake. It's that good! Even better, you don't have to use this for just special occasions. If you are craving chocolate, make this cake. If you need a quick dessert for unannounced guests, make this cake. If you don't want to leave the house and run to the store for dessert, make this cake. Should I keep going?

just a few simple ingredients
melted butter + chocolate chips
smooth and creamy
gently fold in the jam and flour
ready for the oven!

dusted and ready to enjoy!

One Bowl Chocolate Cake (Dessert for Two)

4 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
½ cup seedless raspberry (or other berry) jam
¼ cup + 1 tablespoon sugar
1 large egg
¼ cup + 2 tablespoons flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
⅛ teaspoon salt
Preheat the oven to 350˚.
In a medium bowl (large enough to hold all of the batter), melt the butter in the microwave in short pulses. Meanwhile, butter and lightly flour a 8” round cake pan. Once the butter is melted, stir in the chocolate chips. Stir the chocolate constantly until it melts completely into the butter. Next, add the jam and sugar and stir vigorously with a wooden spoon. It’s ok if some of the jam doesn’t melt into the batter. Add the egg and stir in very well. Finally, sprinkle the flour, baking powder and salt over the batter and stir just until well-combined.
Pour the batter into the pan and bake 25-30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out with only moist crumbs clinging to it. Let cool completely before attempting to cut. Dust with powered sugar and serve with fresh raspberries. Enjoy!
One bowl. One spoon. One delicious cake!

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