Recipe courtesy of Gale Gand
Show: Sweet Dreams
Save Recipe Print
Featherlight Chocolate Cake
Total:
1 hr 15 min
Prep:
30 min
Cook:
45 min
Yield:
10 to 12 servings
Level:
Easy
Total:
1 hr 15 min
Prep:
30 min
Cook:
45 min
Yield:
10 to 12 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients

Directions

Serving suggestion: Dust with confectioners' sugar and serve with milk

Arrange a rack in the upper 1/3 of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F.

Butter and flour a bundt pan or tube pan. (You can use a mixture of cocoa powder and flour instead of flour, to prevent white spots on the cake.)

In a standing mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, or using a hand mixer, cream the butter until light and fluffy. Mix in the sugar. One at a time, mix in the eggs, then the vanilla, occasionally scraping down the mixing bowl.

Meanwhile, in another bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and 3/4 teaspoon salt.

Add 1/3 of the flour mixture; then 1/3 of the ice water. Repeat, mixing after each addition. Transfer the batter to the pan and bake until springy and dry, about 40 to 45 minutes.

Let cool in the pan on a rack, then carefully turn the cake out. Just before serving, sift confectioners' sugar over the top. Serve with very cold milk!

Notes about the recipe: When I developed this recipe I was just looking for a good, reliable dark cocoa cake that could sit on the counter over the weekend and be enjoyed in slivers, craving by craving. This cake is really moist and keeps for days. I just finished one that's been hanging around the kitchen for 6 days! You could frost it with creamy white icing but it hardly needs it. My friend Lana's mom June was one of the best cooks I knew as a kid in the '60s and she did a cake by the same name, though the recipe handed down to me from her daughter is a bit different.

Our Best Thanksgiving Videos 15 Videos

Get the recipe

Sticky Pecan Pull-Apart Bread 00:37

This simple dessert is a crowd pleaser that only uses a few ingredients.

IDEAS YOU'LL LOVE

Beatty's Chocolate Cake

Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten

Big Chocolate Birthday Cake

Recipe courtesy of Ree Drummond

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Apple Cake "Tatin"

Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten

Beehive Cake

Recipe courtesy of Basque Boulangerie Cafe

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Recipe courtesy of Ree Drummond

Perfect Pumpkin Cakes

Recipe courtesy of Nancy Fuller

Sweet Dreams Chocolate Fudge Candy

Recipe courtesy of Max Brenner

Italian Cream Cheese Cake with Raspberry Sauce

Recipe courtesy of The Neelys

Browse Reviews By Keyword