This cake is from a wonderful pastry chef, Mary Bergin. It's very simple, and it's simply the finest chocolate cake anywhere. When I make chocolate cake, this is the recipe I use. I may vary the accompaniments, but the cake is the same.
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Lightly grease a 10" bundt pan.
- Sift together the 1 cup sugar, cake flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt twice.
- In a separate bowl, mix the yolks, oil, water and vanilla.
- Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
- In the bowl of your mixer, whip the whites to soft peaks, then slowly add the last 1/2 cup sugar and whip to stiff peaks.
- Mix 1/3 of the whites into the chocolate base to lighten, the fold the remaining whites in gently until thoroughly incorporated.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 30 minutes, or until the cake JUST begins to come away from the sides.
- Immediately remove from the oven and let cool, then turn out onto a plate.
- Notes: This cake needs no icing.
- I like to fill the center with lightly sweetened whipped cream and raspberries, OR, sift a little powdered sugar over top, slice and serve with whipped cream and hot fudge sauce, or whatever you can dream up.