Well hello, hello! Yes, I’m back. 2018, huh? What a year, and it’s still only January.
There is a recipe I have been wanting to bake for years. Yes, years. But for some reason or other, I never manage to get round to it. When I was in primary school, my best friend Becky’s mum made a lovely cake called Parkin. It was so delicious, I persuaded her to let me have the recipe, and a few months later I was at my stepmother’s house and decided to bake this for everyone. Not being familiar with the kitchen, and where she kept everything, I could not find the flour. I busied myself getting the ingredients together and then, somehow, managed to get distracted and forgot to ask where the flour was. The cake was mixed, put in the oven and baked…………….the finished result was….well, let’s just say, it didn’t hold together well. As we were all munching on the bits of cake – which were, everyone agreed, delicious – it suddenly came to me…the flour!!! That’s what was missing. 11-year old me didn’t have the confidence to confess, but, anyway, everyone enjoyed the (not quite proper) Parkin.
Fast-forward rather a lot of years, and this weekend I decided to revisit this cake. I didn’t have the original recipe anymore, but, there are plenty about on a Google search. The result? Fail!!! I don’t know if it was me, the recipe, bad luck or a combination of all three. It was horrible, dry….it ended up in the rubbish bin.
I felt I had to bake. I had to bake something that would work out. I had to bake something I had not baked before. Saturday was #NationalChocolateCakeDay. What else, then, but a variation on the chocolate cake theme! Chocolate cake with a slight twist, the ultimate Tia Maria Chocolate fudge cake.
I didn’t have any white sugar, and so the sugar I used was light muscovado sugar. In the method, I mixed the melted chocolate mixture with the flour, whisked it well and then added all the eggs, whisking as I added. I didn’t think it would make a crucial difference to the outcome and I don’t think it did.
The cake is lovely, rich, moist, chocolatey and fudgey. I have not iced it, but I think a good dollop of thick boozy cream would go very well with it instead of icing.
Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, I wish you a peaceful weekend 🙂