Recipe for Greek Chocolate Cake

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This chocolate cake has gotten increasingly popular throughout Greece in recent years. It get its unique flavor and texture from Greek brandy, which you should use for best results.

Greek Chocolate Cake (Sokolapita) Recipe Ingredients:

For Syrup:

  • 2 sticks butter, melted
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup Greek brandy (Metaxa)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

For Cake:

  • 4 large eggs
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Instructions on How to Bake Greek Chocolate Cake:

Whisk together the butter, water, and granulated sugar into a saucepan. Set the heat to medium and continue stirring the mixture until the sugar is dissolved. Once the sugar melts, remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the cocoa powder, brandy, and vanilla. Set it aside.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a 9 x 13 baking pan or a Bundt pan with cooking spray.

Add the eggs to a mixing bowl and beat until scrambled. Add the salt, sugar, and butter and beat together until smooth. Beat in the flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder until the batter is smooth.

Pour the batter into the cake pan and place in the center of the oven. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. This should take about 30 minutes. Pour the syrup over the cake as soon as you remove it from the oven.

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