>> Friday, November 27, 2009
Chocolate treats any kind of sickness. When I'm down, I feed depression with chocolate, when I'm happy, I treat myself with chocolate and when I'm bored, I bake with chocolate. So it's just something about me and chocolate I just cant get enough of.
This recipe was found when I was browsing through Epicurean Escapism. I had noticed the old-fashion chocolate cake some time ago when I was watching Nigella Feast but I didn't pick myself to do it until Ovenhaven made it look so beautiful. Nigella conveniently placed all her ingredients in the food processor but believe me, this cake isn't hard at all even if you don't own one of those funky gadget that could do wonders.
There wasn't much to say about the cake itself but the richness of the icing is something you wouldn't want to miss. I mean, it's quite obvious since this recipe is from Nigella. When she says chocolate, she meant CHOCOLATE. The difference is it's not made from the plain old whipping cream. Glance through the recipe and you'll know what I'm talking about.
It's best to be served warm but I left them in the fridge and reheat them whenever I needed it and it was meant to be in my mouth!
Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake Recipe
(adapted from Nigella's Feast)
200g plain flour
200g caster sugar
1tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
40g cocoa powder
175g unsalted butter
2 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
150ml sour cream
Bring ingredients to room temperature. Preheat oven to 180C and line an 8inch(20cm) round tin with parchment paper. With a food processor, blend all the ingredients together (flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa powder, butter, eggs, vanilla and sourcream).
Or with a hand mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually add in eggs one at a time. Mix in the rest of the ingredients. Bake in the oven for 30-40mins when a skewer should come out clean. Let it cool on a wire rack for 10 mins before removing it from the pan, in the meantime prepare the chocolate frosting.
For the Icing:
60g dark chocolate, broken into small pieces
80g icing sugar
1 tsp golden syrup
50ml sour cream
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
Melt butter and chocolate over a pot of simmering water. Add in sifted icing sugar and let it cool completely before adding the golden syrup, sour cream and vanilla. Spread the top of the cake with the icing and serve warm.~|| Notes ||~
1. If you wish to sandwich the cake with icing, double the icing recipe.
2. The amount of icing sugar is depending on the sweetness of the chocolate.