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(AKA. Chocolate Yoghurt Poundcake)
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A very large, absolutely black, chocolate cake (Remember the absolutely black ship that gets stolen by Zaphod Beeblebrox? Well, this cake is that absolutely black. Yes, really. Absorbs light.)
It's a variation of a recipe in New Recipes From the Moosewood Restaurant by the Moosewood Restaurant Collective, 1987.
Ingredients: 1 pound [450 grams] butter, softened 3 cups sugar 6 eggs 3 1/2 cups unbleached white flour 1 cup cocoa 1 cup plain yoghurt 2 teaspoons pure vanilla, almond, or lemon extract 2 teaspoons baking powder
Preheat oven to 350 F (175 C).
Generously butter a 10 inch bundt pan. Dust the inside with sifted cocoa. This will prevent the cake from sticking to the pan, and give it a lovely dark smooth finish.
Cream the butter and sugar. Beat in the eggs. Add two cups of flour and beat well. Mix in the yoghurt and extract. Combine the baking powder, the remaining flour, and the cocoa, and add them to the batter. Beat well.
Pour the batter into the Bundt pan. Bake about 1 hour, until the cake pulls slightly away from the sides of the pan, and a knife inserted into the middle of the pan comes out clean.
Remove from oven, and turn upside down over a plate to cool. Leave the bundt pan on top of the cake for about 20 minutes, so the cake will hold it's shape.
If you wish, brush melted sweet chocolate over the cooled cake. Or, do as I prefer: serve it with pure whipped cream. And cut those slices small - they're pretty deadly! It's the only cake I know of that you serve with the cream to lighten it up, not to make it richer!
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