Not Too Sweet Chocolate Cake

Baking By mandygirlxoxo Updated 14 Oct 2010 , 12:26am by grandmomof1

mandygirlxoxo Posted 13 Oct 2010 , 10:04pm
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a 5 year old girl wants a chocolate cake for her birthday but she doesn't want it to be too sweet.. can someone help me!!! <3 thank you!

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sillywabbitz Posted 13 Oct 2010 , 10:36pm
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Chocolate cake on it's own is not really that sweet. You can use dutch processed cocoa or dark chocolate which has a bit more bitter flavor. What is normally sweet is the frosting. Try a "less sweet" frosting...whipped cream (with minimal sugar), the meringue based buttercreams are supposed to be less sweet as well but I haven't used them. Or even a chocolate ganache with a semi-sweet or semi-sweet/unsweeted chocolate could work as well. I'm amazed a 5 yr old understands too sweeticon_smile.gif

grandmomof1 Posted 13 Oct 2010 , 10:38pm
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I found this recipe somewhere on line. I wish I could take credit for it. My husband is not a big fan of chocolate cake, but he loved this one. He said it was because it was not too sweet. Every time I make it I get compliments galore.

Black Magic Cake

  2 cups sugar
  1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  3/4 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
  2 teaspoons baking soda
  1 teaspoon baking powder
  1 teaspoon salt
  2 eggs
  1 cup buttermilk or sour milk*
  1 cup strong black coffee OR 2 teaspoons powdered instant coffee plus 1 cup boiling water
  1/2 cup vegetable oil
  1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans or one 13x9x2-inch baking pan.
2. Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, buttermilk, coffee, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes (Batter will be thin). Pour batter evenly into prepared pans.
3. Bake 30 to 35 minutes for round pans, 35 to 40 minutes for rectangular pan or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely. Frost as desired. Yields 10 to 12 servings.

mandygirlxoxo Posted 13 Oct 2010 , 11:18pm
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wouldnt the coffee be like... overpowering or noticable in the cake?? i mean its for a 5 year old so coffee might not be the best. although it would make the cake less sweet and a little more bitter. im not sure... but i can try it.

sillywabbitz Posted 13 Oct 2010 , 11:46pm
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When I use coffee in chocolate cake you can't taste the coffee. It just brings out the richness of the cake. I guess the caffeine for kids could be an issue but you could buy decaf.

grandmomof1 Posted 14 Oct 2010 , 12:26am
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I don't taste the coffee. It just enhances the chocolate. Forgot to mention, my husband hates coffee too. If he could taste the coffee, he would not eat it.

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