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There are times, despite the sunshine and good weather, that you just feel exhausted, grouchy and in need of the sort of food you never really need at all. I'm talking toasted cheese sandwiches,burgers and big slices of chocolate cake.
Like this one.
In the long-running battle of cake vs. frosting, I have always been, and remain, firmly entrenched behind the lines of cake. It's not that I hate icing, it's just that cake is better. Which is why this chocolatey little beast is exactly what I need a slice of right now. But after my grilled cheese. OK?
There's no typo with this recipe by the way: there is not meant to be any butter in it. The whipped cream acts as the shortening, and quite honestly, has enough butterfat in it (we're talking a whole pot's worth of cream here) that the cake tastes as if it were actually made by dairy cows themselves.
Which doesn't sound delicious, but trust me, this is.
You can also bake it in regular sandwich tins; they'll take about twenty minutes in the oven.
If you feel the need for more chocolate after enjoying this, try this flourless chocolate cake or even these fondants flavoured with orange. Maybe add cherries (this one also has no butter - score!).
Chocolate Cream Cake
You will need:
150g plain flour
75g cocoa powder
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
300ml double cream
225g caster sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
- Pre-heat the oven to 180°C and grease and flour a 25cm bundt tin.
- Using a whisk, stir together the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
- Whip the cream until starting to form stiff peaks; then add the eggs and sugar and beat until airy and combined.
- Fold in the dry ingredients, pour into the prepared tin and bake for around 30 minutes, or until well risen and a cocktail stick inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.
- Cool for ten minutes in the tin, and invert on to a wire wrack to finish cooling.