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Chocolate Cake Recipe

Chocolate Cake: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) and place the oven rack in the center of the oven. Butter or spray an 8 inch (20 cm) square baking pan with a non stick cooking spray. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper.

In a large bowl whisk or stir together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Add the melted butter, water, lemon juice, vanilla extract, and coffee extract (if using). Mix all the ingredients together until well blended. Pour the batter into your pan and bake in preheated oven for about 28 - 30 minutes, or until the cake springs back when lightly pressed and a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool for about 10 - 15 minutes before removing the cake from the pan.

Chocolate Ganache: Place the chocolate in a medium sized stainless steel, or heatproof bowl. Set aside. Heat the cream and butter in a medium sized saucepan over medium heat (can also be heated in the microwave). Bring just to a boil. Immediately pour the cream over the chocolate and allow to stand for a few minutes. Stir until smooth, then let stand at room temperature until the Ganache has completely cooled and set to spreading consistency. Spread the Ganache on the top and sides of the cake.

Makes about 10 to 12 servings.

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Chocolate Cake:

1 1/2 cups (195 grams) all purpose flour

1 cup (200 grams) granulated white sugar

1/4 cup (25 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder (regular unsweetened or Dutch-processed), sifted

1 teaspoon (4 grams) baking powder

1/2 teaspoon (2 grams) baking soda

1/4 teaspoon (1 gram) salt

1/3 cup (75 grams) unsalted butter, melted

1 cup (240 ml/grams) warm water

1 tablespoon (12 grams) lemon juice (or vinegar)

1 teaspoon (4 grams) pure vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon (2 grams) pure coffee extract (optional)

Chocolate Ganache:

6 ounces (170 grams) semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped

3/4 cup (180 ml/grams) heavy whipping cream (35 - 40% butterfat content)

1 tablespoon (13 grams) butter, diced