A while ago I asked on social media for suggestions for baking. These came in thick and fast! However, one person sent me a recipe for chocolate cake and just said “trust me”. And so I did, and I have named the cake after her.
This recipe is slightly different in a few ways from the standard method for chocolate sponge cake recipes. It uses oil instead of butter – no more creaming the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy! The eggs are separated, with the yolks being mixed into the batter with the other ingredients, and only at the end are the stiffly whisked egg whites folded in. And finally, there is a sauce which is poured over the hot cake before it is covered with icing. The whole thing works. I was worried that the cake might be soggy, but it wasn’t. And, really, this is a lovely easy recipe to make, and it tastes good.
The measurements are in cups – a standard American cup measure, or if you don’t have these, one cup = 250ml
Preheat the oven to 180°C (fan 160°). Line a 20cm springform cake tin with baking parchment, or a cake tin liner.
In a large bowl, mix together 1 cup of sugar, 1 cup cake flour, ¼ cup cocoa powder, 2 heaped teaspoons baking powder and a pinch of salt.
In a separate bowl beat together 4 egg yolks, ½ cup of oil, ½ cup water and a teaspoon of vanilla extract.
Add the egg mixture to the dry ingredients and mix well (stir them in well together, there is no need to whisk them in).
In a separate bowl beat together 4 egg whites with ½ teaspoon of baking powder until stiff peaks.
Gently fold the egg white mixture into the rest of the cake batter.
Pour into the baking tin and bake for 30 minutes, or until a skewer inserted comes out cleanly.
In a pot put ½ cup of sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and 200ml of evaporated milk (the unsweetened kind). Bring to the boil and simmer for 3 minutes. Pour over the cake as soon as it comes out of the oven.
Leave the cake to cool. Melt 200g chocolate with 30ml milk and pour over the cooled cake.
Enjoy your cake!
Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, I wish you a peaceful weekend 😊