Sunday, March 18, 2012

::Hunger Games Cooking :: (Recipe): Capitol-Grade Dark Chocolate Cake

The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook: From Lamb Stew to "Groosling" - More than 150 Recipes Inspired by The Hunger Games Trilogy

Recipe: Capitol-Grade Dark Chocolate Cake

Serves: 8-10


The feast served during Katniss’s first night away from her family ends with a decadent chocolate cake. Amidst the depression of facing almost -certain death (not to mention Haymitch’s dispiriting drunkenness!), this sweet ending perhaps makes Katniss realize that things aren’t as bad as they may seem.
(The Hunger Games, Chapter 3)
Yields 1 cake, or 8–10 servings
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups white sugar
1 cup fine-quality unsweetened cocoa powder, such as Scharffen Berger
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup cold brewed coffee
1 cup buttermilk
½ cup vegetable oil
2 cups (1 pound) butter (no substitutes),
9 cups confectioners’ sugar
2½ cups fine-quality unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup milk


1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour a 9" x13" pan.
2. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Make a well in the center and pour in the eggs, coffee, buttermilk, and oil. Mix with a wooden spoon until smooth; batter will be thin. Pour into prepared pan.
3. Bake for 35–40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan for 45 minutes.
4. While cake cools, prepare the icing. In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment on medium speed or using a wooden spoon and lots of muscle, beat butter until smooth and creamy. Reduce speed to low and add confectioners’ sugar, cocoa, and vanilla, scraping down sides of the bowl with a spatula as you go. Add milk as needed until frosting reaches preferred spreading consistency. (For thicker frosting, add less than a cup of milk. To thin out your frosting, add more milk. The choice is yours!)
5. Once cake has thoroughly cooled, spread icing over the top.

The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook: From Lamb Stew to "Groosling" - More than 150 Recipes Inspired by The Hunger Games Trilogy [Hardcover]

Emily Ansara Baines (Author)
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