Scratch Chocolate Cake with Box Qualities

  • Serves: Makes two 9-inch layers
  • Baking Temp (degrees F): 325
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Variations:  Scratch Non-Chocolate Espresso Cake with Box QualitiesScratch White Cake with Box QualitiesScratch Yellow Cake with Box Qualities

Photo and cake by sugarpie, Premium Member © Sarah Phillips Cake frosted with Easy Peanut Butter Chocolate Frosting.

chocolatechase, a new member of CraftyBaking.com, asked me if there is a chocolate version of the Scratch Yellow Cake with Box Qualities. Because there wasn't, as a response, I developed this recipe.  

I use what is called the Two-Step Mixing Method, to bring you a tender and moist cake! I recently discovered through research, that in fact, the Pillsbury Company invented this method in 1945, which they called the Quick-Mix Method, as a way for home baker's to bake light and airy cakes. Crisco was used in their recipes at the time, and butter could be easily substituted, with the same result.

The Two-Step or Quick-Mix Method works this way: Mixing the butter first directly with the flour and dry ingredients, coats the gluten-forming proteins in the wheat flour with fat, so when the wet ingredients, such as buttermilk and water are added next, and the ingredients are mixed, very little gluten is formed. Plus, cake flour is low in gluten forming proteins, and it being bleached, toughens the protein molecules, enabling it to carry more than its weight in sugar and fat; cakes with bleached cake flour tend to be higher in sugar and fat, both tenderizers, than those without - that's why these cakes literally melt in your mouth!
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Zamode, Premium Member, Says: "It looks like devil's food cake when cut, a bit of a reddish-brown color...it's light like cake mix but not 100% like a cake mix;...it does have a nice chocolaty taste. It looks dense but doesn't taste heavy at all and has a rich, buttery chocolate flavor that almost melts in your mouth. It's not overwhelming though in the butter or chocolate taste. It would be great cake with tea or coffee after a meal. Very nice cake, definitely will make it again."

sugarpie, Premium Member, Says: "Coupled with Sarah's Easy Peanut Butter-Chocolate Frosting, this cake is to die for. Eating this cake comes pretty close to a food-gasmic experience. Anyone who loves chocolate and peanut butter has got to try this. You will not regret it."

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