Oct 20, 2009

Brandy, Chocolate Chip and Walnut Chocolate Cake/Bread

Happy 100th Recipe and belated birthday (oct 9th) to Spice Monkey!!!
I've tried baking a chocolate cake 3x now and FINALLY it turned out moist and delicious. The secret ingredient? Alcohol. Since we've been falling sick (sore throat) lately, we picked up a bottle of brandy and I decided to pour some into the cake batter and voila, so delicious. I've also used dark rum before and it was a success as well. This can either be a cake or bread depending on how much condensed milk or sugar you like in yours. Mine always coasts the bread line since I don't like things too sweet.

Ingredients (makes about 1 loaf--that's right, I don't have a legit cake pan)

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 tspn baking soda
1/2 cup condensed milk
1/4 cup boiling water
1/4 cup milk (maybe less that 1/4 cup, but this was to bring the mix to batter consistency)
1 tspn salt
1/4 cup (or less/more) sugar
1 tspn vanilla extract
3/4 cup walnuts
1/4-1/2 cup ghiradelli semi-sweet choc chips
2 tbspn vegetable oil
2 tbspn brandy (can substitute dark rum for this)


1. Sift all the dry ingredients together (flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt)
2. Add the vanilla extract, condensed milk, and hot water and mix. Add milk, if necessary, to bring the batter to pancake-batter (little bit more liquidy) like consistency.
3. Taste and add sugar accordingly.
4. Add the dashes of brandy, walnuts, and choc chips. Mix well.
5. Add the oil and mix well.
6. pour into loaf pan (grease the bottom with some oil before putting in the batter) and cook at 300-350F for about 25 or so minutes or until knife comes out clean.

Let cool and then enjoy it warm! Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream if you want to be really indulgent!

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