Farmhouse Chocolate Cake
Source of Recipe
List of Ingredients
3/4 pound all-purpose potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
Cocoa powder for dusting
5 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 cup boiling water
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4-1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup vegetable shortening
2 cups sugar
5 large eggs, at room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Confectioners' sugar for dusting (optional)
Put the potatoes in a saucepan, cover with cold water by at least an inch,
add a pinch of salt, and bring to a boil. Cook until the potatoes are
tender. Drain well, put the potatoes through a ricer, and measure out 1 cup.
Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 10-inch tube pan and dust it
generously with cocoa.
Put the chocolate and honey in a small bowl. Pour in the boiling water and
leave the chocolate to melt and cool, stirring occasionally until it's very
Sift the flour, baking soda, a pinch of salt, and the pepper together.
Cut the butter into chunks and put it in a large mixing bowl. Beat with an
electric mixer until light. Add the vegetable shortening and beat until
combined and light. Gradually pour in the sugar and beat until this mixture
is very light and fluffy. Add the eggs one by one, beating for at least a
minute after each addition. Beat in the chocolate, then the potatoes, then
the vanilla. Scrape the sides of the bowl.
Add the dry ingredients to the batter alternately with 1/2 cup cold water,
stirring just until combined and smooth. Scrape the batter into the pan,
shake the pan and rap it lightly on the counter to get rid of any air
bubbles, and bake until the cake tests done (a skewer will
come out clean), about 50 minutes. Cool in the pan on a rack for 10 minutes
or so, then turn out the cake, flip it right side up, and leave it on a rack
to cool completely.
If you want, dust the cake generously with confectioners' sugar right before
Makes One 10-inch Tube Cake