Sunday, January 8, 2012

Chocolate Full Moon Cake

1/8/12, 5:05 am: Berkeley, CA
Another fabulous Full Moon this morning. I know the moon comes out at night, but I'm an early riser, and there's nothing quite like seeing the Full Moon and its shimmering reflection on San Francisco Bay. I truly live in one of the most beautiful places in the world.

Having posted recipes for Full Moon Brownies and Full Moon Cocktails, I thought I'd post a recipe for a simple Chocolate Full Moon Cake. This is a round cake with a thin spreadable icing that actually makes 'craters' as you pour it on top.  

Perfect for the Full Moon!


2/3 cup Sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup sweet butter, melted
1 cup hot water
1/2 cup unsweetened DARK cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp Magagascar vanilla extract

Lemon Icing:
1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar  (powdered sugar)
2 ounces lemon juice
1 tsp lemon zest

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Grease and line with parchment paper one 8 inch round cake pan.
Mix together sugar and eggs until dissolved. Stir in melted butter.
In separate bowl, slowly add hot water to cocoa and mix until smooth, dissolving cocoa completely.
In third bowl, sift together flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder; add to creamed mixture alternately with the cocoa mixture. Blend in vanilla. Pour batter into 8 inch round pan.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean.
Let cake cool then ice with Lemon Moon Icing.

Combine confectioner's sugar with enough lemon juice to make icing spreadable without being runny or stiff (about 1/4 cup). Stir in grated zest.
Spread (or pour if you want lots of lunar irregularities!) icing thinly over top of cake.

Get out there and Howl at the Full Moon!


~~louise~~ said...

I'm a Full Moon kinda gal, Janet and yes, I have been known to howl. One of the things I miss about New York is the ocean. Westhampton was the bestest place ever to say good morning and goodnight world!

Thanks for sharing some chocolate delight for the occasion:)

P.S. Here's a question for you: In which month will there be a "Full" Blue Moon this year, lol...

Janet Rudolph said...

Had to look that up... August! Two times to howl and have Full Moon Brownies, Cake and Cocktails :-) I love the full moon!

~~louise~~ said...

Sounds like you're ready for a Blue Moon Party this August!!!

Anonymous said...

What a great name for a cake! Yum!

mary Kenendy said...

This looks delicious, love all your recipes!

Janet Rudolph said...

Thanks, Mary.. from the archives, but still great