Cocoa or melted chocolate?

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    espeons Member

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    Do you prefer to use cocoa or melted chocolate in a chocolate sponge? I've always used cocoa but tried melted plain chocolate today instead, as I was out of cocoa, and the cake was much more moist. I only bought cheap chocolate as well, but it came out great. I just wondered what everyone else prefers to use?
     
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    Tracky Active Member

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    I usually use cocoa,but i mix with boiling water before adding to cake mixture,seems to makes it more chocolatey and moist.Oil instead of butter/marg keeps it more moist and cakes last longer too-though not in our house!!
     
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    To tell the truth I use both. I try to always put half melted dark chocolate and half unsweetened chocolate powder. The chocolate makes the cake more moist and also gives it a nice smoothness, but I am afraid the cake would be too sweet if I used only chocolate. And also the cocoa powder is much cheaper where I come from :)
     
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    The cake I made with just chocolate was very sweet, I hadn't considered using a mix. I think I'll have to experiment a little. Actually, the cocoa powder was quite expensive so chocolate worked out cheaper, but it was the cheapest chocolate I could find (still tasted nice though as I tried a square!).
     
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    Well it makes sense the chocolate cake would be more moist since you are adding the extra fat from the chocolate into it, vs just the powdered variety. I often forget to grab some bags of chocolate to have on hand for baking recipes, but since I always have some cocoa powder on hand, that is what I tend to use for my recipes. If I buy bags of chocolate, I am usually putting them in chocolate chip cookies, or melting them down in a double boiler to make truffles.
     
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    True2marie Well-Known Member

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    Cocoa is easier to use in a sponge, but melted chocolate tastes much better. The end results are a much richer, moist sponge cake. I discovered this after switching up the way I made chocolate pound cake. The trick is to get a method of melting chocolate without burning this substance.
     
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