"I adopted this recipe in a whirlwind zaar adoption in September 2006. I haven't myself made it but I will update the description as soon as I do. Absolutely the best chocolate cake"
1 1/2 cups
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NOTE: Recipe has been printed in various places with 3/4 cups of oil.
Cake is softer but tends to sink in middle.
Note: cake can also be made in a bundt pan.
Position rack in center of oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Butter or coat with vegetable spray and line with parchment round one 9-inch round cake pan.
Dust with flour, tapping out any excess flour.
Sift together 1 cup sugar, the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
In the large bowl of an electric mixer, with paddle or beaters, beat the egg yolks at hight speed.
Turn speed to low and pour in the oil, water and vanilla.
Gradually add the sifted ingredients, and when almost incorporated turn speed to medium and beat until well combined.
Remove bowl from machine.
In another clean large bowl, with whip or beaters, whip the 6 egg whites until soft peaks form.
Start on medium speed and raise speed as peaks begin to form.
Gradually pour in the remaining 1/2 cup sugar and whip until whites are shiny and firm but not stiff.
With a rubber spatula, fold 1/4 of the whites into the chocolate mixture, then scrape the chocolate mixture back into the whites, quickly folding until completely incorporated.
Scrape into the prepared pan (Note: do not fill cake pans more than 2/3 full. If you have some batter leftover make cupcakes.) and bake until edges of the cake pull away from the pan and a tester, gently inserted into the center of the cake, comes out clean, about 30 minutes.
Cool on a rack.
To remove, run a sharp knife around the inside of the pan to loosen cake.
Invert onto rack.
Place 9-inch cardboard round on cake and invert cake onto round.
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