Firstly, sorry this recipe is a little late, along with it being fathers day and spending hours cooking we also had to move our bedroom into another bedroom and we didn’t get a chance to sit down till 10pm! This is a Nigella Lawson recipe from her ‘How To Be a Domestic Goddess’ book and it’s my favourite cake in the whole world. It’s dense, moist, gooey and damn delicious, my mum always used to make this cake for me when I was younger and I’d pretty much eat the whole thing to myself, I didn’t do to bad yesterday either, I ate about a third! This is a really wet cake mix but don’t worry it’s meant to be like that, don’t worry if it collapses in the middle either, Nigella says it’s meant to do that!
Ingredients – Makes 8-10 Slices
225g Unsalted Butter, softened
275g Dark Muscovado Sugar
2 Large Eggs, beaten
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
100g Dark Chocolate, melted
1 Teaspoon Bicarb
200ml Boiling Water
9- by 5-inch loaf pan
Method – Takes 1 Hour
1. Heat the oven to 190c, put in a baking sheet in case of sticky drips later, and grease and line a 9×5-inch loaf pan. The lining is important as this is a very damp cake: use parchment or one of those loaf-pan-shaped paper liners.
2. Cream the butter and sugar, either with a wooden spoon or with an electric hand-held mixer, then add the eggs and vanilla, beating in well. Next, fold in the melted and now slightly cooled chocolate, taking care to blend well but being careful not to over beat. You want the ingredients combined: You don’t want a light, airy mass.
3. Then gently add the flour, to which you’ve added the baking soda, alternately spoon by spoon, with the boiling water until you have a smooth and fairly liquid batter. Pour into the lined loaf pan, and bake for 30 minutes.
4. Turn the oven down to 170c and continue to cook for another 15 minutes. The cake will still be a bit squidgy inside, so an inserted cake tester or skewer won’t come out completely clean.
5. Place the loaf pan on a rack, and leave to get completely cold before turning it out. Don’t worry if it sinks in the middle: indeed, it will do so because it’s such a dense and damp cake.