*  Exported from  MasterCook II  *

                              Chocolate Cake

Recipe By     : Silver Palate Cookbook
Serving Size  : 1    Preparation Time :1:15
Categories    : Cakes & Bars                     Ethnic - American

  Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
--------  ------------  --------------------------------
   1      Cup           Boiling Water
   3      Ounces        Unsweetened Chocolate
     1/2  Cup           Butter
   1      Teaspoon      Vanilla Extract
   2      Cups          Granulated Sugar
   2                    Egg Yolks
   2                    Egg Whites
   1      Teaspoon      Baking Soda
     1/2  Cup           Sour Cream
   2      Cups          (less 2 Tbsp.) Flour,All-Purpose
   1      Teaspoon      Baking Powder

1)  Preheat oven to 180° C (350° F).  Grease and flour a 10-inch tube pan.

2)  Pour boiling water over chocolate and butter and let stand until melted.

3)  Stir in vanilla and sugar, then whisk in egg yolks, one at a time, blending well after each addition.

4)  Mix baking soda with the sour cream and whisk into the chocolate mixture.

5)  Sift flour and baking powder together and add to batter, mixing thoroughly.

6)  Beat egg whites until stiff but not dry.  Stir a quarter of the egg whites thoroughly into the batter.  Scoop remaining egg whites on top of the batter and gently fold together.

7)  Pour batter into the prepared pan.  Set on the middle rack of the oven and bake for 40 to 50 minutes, or until the edges have pulled away from the sides of the pan and a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean.

8)  Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then unmold it onto a rack and cool completely before frosting.

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