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Birchbox Test Kitchen: Classic Chocolate Cake with a Delicious Twist

It's hard to argue with a simple and satisfying classic chocolate cake (you'll certainly never hear a peep of push-back from us). While we love this queen of desserts on its own, we're always looking for new twists on the original. Our friends at Chuao have just the thing: an easy-to-follow recipe for molten pockets of gooey chocolate. For the fun-sized version, try the cupcakes!

Simple Chocolate Cake (or Cupcakes) with a Twist Chuao Test Kitchen

1 ½ cups all purpose flour, plus 1 tbsp.
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
2/3 cup cocoa powder
1 ½ sticks butter, at room temperature
2 eggs
2/3 cup sour cream
3 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup finely chopped Chuao Chocolatier Chocolate Bars in Honeycomb bar (approx. 2 bars)

Chuao Test Kitchen 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. Grease and flour two 9-in. cake rounds, or line 24 cupcake molds.

3. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until pale in color.

4. Add the eggs one at a time, scraping the bowl with each addition. Mix until well incorporated.

5. Add sour cream and vanilla to the mixture until evenly combined.
Chuao Test Kitchen 6.In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and baking powder.

7.Gradually add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, scraping the bowl between each addition.

8. Toss a tablespoon of flour with the chopped chocolate pieces until evenly coated, then fold in chocolate pieces with a spatula into the batter.

9. Carefully distribute batter to your prepared cake pans or cupcake tins. If making cupcakes, fill each mold ¾ full, approximately the size of a large ice cream scoop. If using cake pans, divide the batter in half and pour evenly into each pan. To create the tasty cupcakes pictures here, we baked a tray of 12 for 15 minutes at 350 degrees. For traditional cakes, bake the gooey batter 30-35 minutes.

Chuao Test Kitchen 10. Let cool for 5-10 minutes before frosting. Enjoy!

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