Sourdough Chocolate Cake
All purpose flour
Powdered cocoa (not instant)
Few people bake cakes from scratch anymore unless they can produce
something that's not possible with a mix. This sourdough chocolate cake
falls in that category. It's got a fudge-like quality you can't get any
way except with sourdough and since it's all mixed in one bowl, it's almost
as easy as a boxed cake.
Put the starter in a large bowl, cover loosely and allow to stand at room
temperature until active and bubbling -- at least one hour. Then add the
rest of the ingredients, in the order given, beating well after each
addition. It is not necessary to sift or premix any of the ingredients as
long as you are careful to get the baking powder and soda evenly mixed.
Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans, pour in the batter, which will
be thin, and bake in a preheated 350. oven for about 30 minutes, or until
the layers test done when poked with a toothpick. The cake will have
pulled away from the sides of the pan.
Allow to cool about 10 minutes before removing from pans, then finish
cooling the layers on wire racks. Do not frost until the cake is
A mild chocolate butter cream frosting is nice with this cake.
From: Pitzer, Sara _Baking with Sourdough_ Garden Way Publishing, 1980.
ISBN 0-88266-225-2 ph.