Devilish Chocolate Cake – I read a book called Hellbound, it’s fiction and a wonderful read, I’m not saying this because my sister wrote it, but because I was able to understand the actions of the characters in this book, and thanks to God I did not feel their pain!
After reading the book I was inspired to make something delicious, something sinful, and I didn’t have to go out of the house, but went straight to my humble kitchen and made Choco Diavolo a Devilish Chocolate Cake.
Making a Devilish Chocolate Cake
When you take a bite from this cake, the chocolate explodes in your mouth (in a nice way). The texture came out great, moist, tender crumb, hmmmm you should really try it.
There are many different recipes out there for chocolate cake, but this devilish chocolate cake recipe is a keeper. You will fall in love with it if you had it the same day you baked it, but the next day it turns to a sinful and soul captivating spell.
I thought of giving this beauty a tree log shape to mimic the huge and tall trees in the dark forests.
To know more about why the Novel Hellbound was able to bring this cake out of me, and to get the recipe of course, read what my sister Su has written below.
It Comes in Small Packages
What we usually see on a high scale as an evil deed usually starts with a small act, like a mistake.
Hellbound is a work of fiction (horror) that shows three samples of these slips. The Deadening showcases what greed can lead to, The Substitute displays the power of cheating and arrogance, and finally Scorned is about infidelity and abuse. A character in each of the stories suffers the consequences of his destructive compulsions.
And just like in fiction, real life has some alluring traps that can spiral into wickedness. Take for example the signature cake Muna came up with for Hellbound, Choco Diavolo…it is delicious, looks good, and will work its magic on your palate, taste buds, and eventually your body. It will tempt you, to ignore your diet, to try it just one time…Where’s the harm in one, right?
Ah, but one bite is all it takes, I promise you this. Go ahead, bake it, and try to resist the enticement.
One-way ticket to Hell.
Bart is a greedy morgue attendant with money on his mind. He gets more than what he bargains for when he chances upon a pain-letter, one he must pass on or bear the consequences of his inaction.
Stan is a chiseler, a fake medium, preying on his unsuspecting clients’ earnings through bogus channeling sessions. When he meets mysterious Joanna Stark, he believes her promises of powers beyond his comprehension, powers blessed by the Netherworld.
Jenna gives up her old life and career to settle down as Troy’s loving wife. He is a God-fearing man who will consent only to marriage. Except fate maps a different ending to their love story, a conclusion that takes them both down and never up again.
Bart, Stan, and Jenna are destined to go on a long and abominable journey that sinks them below their expectations and forces them to endure pain and anguish beyond their worst nightmares.
On the paths leading to the depths of Hell, their sins don’t matter!
You can read an excerpt and watch the trailer here.
Muna, thanks for coming up with Choco Diavolo / Devilish Chocolate Cake and for having me here today. You’re the best proof that sisters do stick together. You’re the best.
About Su Halfwerk:
Su Halfwerk writes in the horror and paranormal romance genres. From a tender age, the written word left a strong impression on her, later on terrifying, blood-chilling books became the object of her interest. Su’s style in horror combines shuddery terror with elements of surprise; some would even call it an enigmatic twist. In the world of paranormal romance, she transforms the desire to scare into a quest to seduce and tantalize.
Other books by Su Halfwerk:
His to Possess (Finalist in 2011 EPIC Awards in the Paranormal Romance category)
Zuphreen (Horror/Urban Fantasy)
Intricate Entanglement (Horror/Thriller)
Seeker Book 1 of Unsettled series (Paranormal Romance)
When not writing, Su is designing book trailers for herself and other authors.
Let’s make this mind-blowing Chocolate Cake
- 1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs
- ¼ cup milk
- ¼ cup sour cream
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- ¼ cup melted butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 cup unsalted butter melted
- ½ cup + 2 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- 6 cup confectioners sugar
- 5 tablespoon milk
- 2 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 350F/180C. Grease and flour three 8” pans and line them with parchment paper.
Sift all the dry ingredients together except the sugar. Keep aside.
In a bowl, add the butter, oil, sugar, vanilla, and beat for 2 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time and beat until fluffy. Add the milk and sour cream and beat for two minutes.
Add the dry ingredients and mix until combined. Pour the boiling water into the batter and mix until you get a smooth batter. (Do not over mix here.)
Pour equal amount of the batter into the baking pans and bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.
Cool on a cooling rack while in the pan for 9 minutes. Remove the cake from the pan and place on wire rack to cool completely.
cup unsalted butter melted
½ cup + 2 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
cup confectioners sugar
In a bowl, add the butter. Stir in the cocoa powder until combined. Add half the sugar and half the milk and beat for 1 minute. Add the rest of sugar and milk and beat for 5 minutes until the frosting is creamy in texture.
The cake was inspired by this recipe with few changes made by me.
The Chocolate Frosting Recipe is from here.
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