Simple chocolate cake with ganache

I made this cake last year for our annual Christmas party with our friends – yes, I’m a bit behind in posting some of my recipes…I usually make a Yule log for our Christmas party, but for some reason I did not have the time last year. This cake comes together in a pinch, and it is a great simple chocolate cake. I have made it several times since, and I think it’s time to bake one again soon…

_MG_2539 copy1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 cup sugar
2/3 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon vinegar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 Fahrenheit, butter an 8 inch cake pan and line with parchment paper. Set aside.

In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, sugar, baking soda and salt.
In a measuring cup, whisk together milk, vinegar, eggs, oil and vanilla extract, and pour into the flour mixture. Mix gently with a spatula just until combined. Pour the batter in the cake pan and bake in the center of the oven for 45-50 minutes or until tester inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean. Remove the cake from the oven and cool it on a rack for about ten minutes before removing from pan. Cool completely before frosting with the ganache.

Ganache

1/2 cup of heavy cream
4 oz. chopped semi-sweet chocolate, or chocolate chips

Add chocolate to a bowl. Heat cream until small bubbles form around the edges, then pour over chocolate and stir until chocolate melts and stir with a whisk until smooth. Pour over cake and let ganache set.

Adapted from hungrygirlporvida.com

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