I have tried to make my dad a cake from one of his mother's recipes on several occasions now, but every time the cake comes out wrong. Usually, the cake (loaf) will be slightly overdone on the edges but gooey in the middle. It appears and tests done when I take it out, but after a couple of hours, the middle will fall, causing the gooeyness and a very hollow cake. The edible parts are pretty coarse and dry. I'm always very careful to follow the recipe and with monitoring the oven temperature (through the window, not by opening the door). So either I'm doing something completely wrong or there is something wrong with the recipe. Could someone take a look and give some advice? Recipe follows:
Chocolate Chip Loaf Cake
2/3 cup oil
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2/3 cup milk
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups flour
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
12 oz chocolate, ground
Mix oil and sugar together. Add eggs. Alternate addition of milk/vanilla with flour and baking powder. Mix until just smooth. Fold in nuts and chocolate. Bake at 350 for one hour.
I have made this both with a had mixer and by hand with a wisk (except for the folding, which I use a rubber spatula). This most recent time, I took it out of the oven after 53 minutes, because it tested done.
I'd really appreciate any insight that you can give me!
Bonus: It's dairy-free, too.
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