Monday, April 11, 2011

Chef Tess Homemade Gourmet Chocolate Cake Mix

It's Mix Monday! Oh I love exploding myths and making convenience foods from scratch. Why is it? Why do I love it? Well...perhaps it's the sweet stream of email flowing to my heart thanking me for saving family budgets around the world. Literally. It's so highly motivating to get a thank you note. It warms the coggles of my heart. If you come down to the store, we will have copies of this week's recipe handy for you to take with you all week long. Isn't that cool? We'll trying to offer you a new food storage recipe every week. Speaking of recipes...

How many recipes call for a box of cake mix? Well in America anyway I've seen whole books written on the subject. They're books that doctor a cake mix into a lot of other stuff. However...what if the person making the cake or doctored mix had some crazy stipulations? I do. I want the mix being made with all natural ingredients, from scratch and things most people have access to. I want it made to taste wonderful without adding a lot of chemicals to my diet. Yikes...did I just say "diet" in blog entry about chocolate cake? Oh the irony of my existence is sometimes scary.

You will need some very high quality vanilla. It will still make a very impressive cake. If this recipe looks familiar, It is in fact an adaptation of the Chocolate Toffee Buttermilk Cake Mix. A simple form of that cake with some subtle changes.
The texture is still perfect. You will need a digital scale to make this mix or to be very accurate in your measurements.

Chef Tess' Homemade Gourmet Chocolate Cake Mix
yield 18 cups mix (4 1/2 mixes total)
2 cup  Powdered Butter butter
6 cups (1 lb 11 oz) all purpose White Flour 
3 cups (11.5 oz) baking cocoa (Hershey's available at the Preparing Wisely store)
1 cup ( 4.5 oz) non-fat milk powder Soy Milk 
5 cups(2 lb) granulated sugar
4 tsp Real Salt  
1/3 cup (2 oz) baking powder Baking Powder (Aluminum Free)  
1T double strength vanilla ( or vanilla bean paste)
1 tsp ground cardamom
1 tsp cayenne pepper

To prepare mix: In a large 3 gallon or larger bowl, combine the powdered butter,  flour, cocoa, dry milk
sugar, baking powder and salt, cardamom and cayenne very well.  (My Yellow Homemade Cake Mix) Divide into quart size bags. 2o oz of mix equals one cake mix.

This is almost exactly 4 cups of measured mix.
To bake:
Combine with 3 eggs
1/3 cup oil
1 cup water
200 strokes by hand or 3 minutes medium speed.

Bake time 350 degrees:
Pan size: 2 8 inch 33-35 minutes
2 9 inch 28-31 minutes
13 by 9 inch 32-35 minutes
bunt 38-43 minutes
24 cupcakes 18-21 minutes
High altitude: stir 1/4 cup all purpose flour into mix. Mix as directed.

Ganache Glaze:
1 cup cream
1 lb chopped high quality chocolate (we used Guitard)
1/4 tsp hazelnut oil
1/4 tsp fresh ground cinnamon

Boil one cup of cream in a sauce pan and pour over the chocolate. I added 1/4 tsp hazelnut oil, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/8th tsp ancho chile powder...and blended until smooth. When chocolate is melted completely and the glaze is smooth, drizzle over one inch squares of baked cake.
These where double layers of cake with peanut butter filling...

There you go. Chocolate Cake mix. All natural.  My Yellow Homemade Cake Mix is another very good one to make.

1 comment:

  1. Hi, Thanks for your sharing of how to create chocolate cake. I like cakes, i it in my home.