My friend Sue shared this recipe on her blog over a year ago. I have thought of it at least half a dozen times since then. In this food laden world of blogging, I run across a whole lot of recipes that make my mouth water. I have Pinterest boards filled with other blogger's creations and binders over flowing with my own recipe ideas as well. There just isn't time to try them all!
A few weeks ago, I shared Sue's recipe on my Facebook page because I couldn't resist the cake any longer. I headed to the kitchen and made a gluten-free version that same night. This cake completely rocks. Consider yourself warned though, it's almost impossible to just eat one sliver. I loved the cake and the frosting... oh my heavens. The frosting is amazing! I recommend just leaving a knife in the pan with the cake. You'll need it each time you open the refrigerator to trim up the edges on the cake.
Cold Chocolate Snacking Cake ~ Gluten Free or Not
recipe adapted from The View from Great Island
3/4 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup sour cream
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup brown rice flour *
1/4 cup tapioca starch *
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
* if you are not in need of a gluten-free recipe, simple substitute 3/4 cup AP flour for the items marked with an *
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips, 6 ounces worth
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 10x10 pan with butter. (You can use a 9x13 pan, but the cake will be thinner, so reduce the cooking time accordingly.) Whisk together the dry ingredients in a small bowl and set aside. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat again to combine. Add half of the dry mixture, beat to combine. Add the sour cream and stir again to combine. Finish with the last of the dry ingredients.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Tap the pan several times on the counter to force out any air bubbles. Bake for 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean, with only moist crumbs. Let the cake cool to room temperature. The cake will be slightly domed when you first remove it from the oven, but it should level out on top once it cools.
While the cake is baking, make the frosting. Heat the cream on the stove-top over low heat until steaming, or in a medium size glass bowl in the microwave until simmering. Add in the chocolate and let it sit for a few minutes. Stir or whisk to combine, until the chocolate mixture is smooth and glossy.
Add the sugar and cocoa powder and stir until completely smooth. Refrigerate the frosting for about an hour and then spread it over the cooled cake. Place the cake in the refrigerator to chill until the frosting is set, at least two hours. Serve cold. Enjoy!
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