Spoon batter evenly into a greased and floured 10-inch tube pan. Bake at 350° for 55 to 65 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack 10 minutes. Remove from pan, and let cool completely on wire rack.
For those who like to throw chocolate at a dessert from every possible direction (chocolate! chocolate filling! chocolate frosting! chocolate ganache! chocolate sprinkles! chocolate curls! and some chocolate on the side!) this is not your cake, unless you choose to dress it up a little.BUT, those of you who like chocolate in moderation, you can't go wrong with this cake. The batter is very thin once you add the hot water; I baked it for the maximum recommended time and it came out fabulously. The chocolate flavor is not powerful, but delicate and subdued - it's the texture that I really like about this one, though. It is very resilient, springy, but moist, tender and smooth to the taste, without being dense. It slices very cleanly and has little to no crumble. This cake was lovely at our weekly teatime. It is not only tasty on its own, but also welcomes the addition of a ganache or other side/topping - we served ours with unsweetened whipped cream and strawberries, sprinkled with mini chocolate chips.
The recipe can be accessed through the link "Chocolate Velvet Cake Batter" listed under the Ingredients here. The recipe has been categorized here into two components: the cake recipe and the powdered sugar topping.
Even though the cake tasted good, the powdered sugar didn't add anything to it. It was just added blah. I will try the other additions for the batter recipe though, because that part tasted good. I don't think I am using the powdered sugar again, but the batter is a keeper recipe.
I tried this recipe last Christmas along with the Chocolate Ganache and have made it a few times since. Very easy recipe to follow. I did use only half of the suggested powdered sugar - just seemed like too much 'sweet' - it was still very rich. I don't do a lot of baking and not a big cake fan, but tried this one for my family and everyone really liked it. Stays moist and I like the simple eloquence of the Chocolate Ganache over top.