Arguably easier than making a tart for dessert (no pastry, no blind baking, all that malarkey) I decided to try and perfect the humble chocolate cake. What could be simpler thinks I? Well, very recent experience tells me many things could be simpler actually.
I did make a few chocolate sponge cakes when testing this out, and all of them were pretty much edible. The problem I had was that they weren't perfect. Sinking, cracking, refusal to set, refusal to leave the tin; these have been some of the problems I've faced over the last couple of weeks. The biggest issue I've had however is getting the thing moist enough. I'm glad to report I've fixed this though!
Follow this recipe and you'll get a fantastically moist and tasty chocolate cake every single time; really straightforward too (I think?!). And thank goodness for that...
- 250g self-raising flour
- ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 3 tbsp cocoa powder
- 300g caster sugar
- 2 medium eggs, beaten
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 250g butter
- 200ml cola
- 220ml full-fat milk
- Preheat the oven to 180c / 160c (fan) / gas mark 4. Grease a 24cm deep cake tin with butter or a light coating of sunflower oil and line it with greaseproof paper.
- Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda and cocoa powder into a large mixing bowl.
- Add the eggs, sugar and vanilla extract and beat well with an electric mixer.
- Melt the butter in a saucepan over a low to medium heat. Stir the cola into the butter then stir in the milk. Remove from the heat and leave to cool slightly for 2 or 3 minutes.
- Gently whisk the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and pour into your greased tin.
- Bake for around 40 minutes, until a skewer or small sharp knife comes out clean when inserted into the centre.
- Remove from the oven and cool in the tin for 10-15 minutes. Carefully remove the cake from the tin , remove the greaseproof paper.
- Stand back in amazement, dive in. And remember to come up for air every now and again. Oh and if you can bear it, share the thing; that's a lot of cake for one person and you can win some serious brownie points with this one...