As you may know, I recently moved into my boyfriends house and his oven isn’t the best.
I haven’t tried baking in this oven properly for a while, back when we were dating very early on I did try to bake a rum and raisin cake and a loaf of bread. Neither worked out well but he ate them both so they mustn’t have been too bad!
I’ve fancied making a cake for ages so I bit the bullet and thought I’d make this Nigella classic.
So I braved the wind and snow and waddled over to the local Tesco on St Patrick’s day to gather up the bits and bobs.
250g unsalted butter
75g cocoa powder
400g caster sugar
142ml sour cream
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla
275g plain flour
2.5 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
Nigella has a recipe for a cream cheese frosting but I bought a tub of this because I was feeling a little lazy.
I was surprised at the amount of butter in this recipe (a whole block) but she does describe it as a “moist cake”
You make the cake batter in a pan over the stove, so I began by slicing the butter and melting this in a pan with the Guinness
Once the butter is fully melted, add the sugar and cocoa powder.
Then in a jug, beat the eggs together with the soured cream and vanilla before adding it to the mixture. I was terrified of making scrambled eggs at this stage and so I took the pan off the heat after I’d added the cocoa and sugar.
Once this has been added to the mix, add the flour and bicarbonate of soda
My fella had been sweet enough to preheat the oven while I nipped to the shops, so once the batter was ready all I needed to do was grease and line the baking tin, pour the mix in and pop it in to bake!
It took about an hour to cook at 180C which Nigella says is the maximum it should take.
(The licking the spoon step is optional and dependent on how concerned you may be about eating cake mix)
The result is a soft fudgey cake with an almost crunchy top. Almost brownie like. The cream cheese frosting works well because the cake is very rich so it cuts through nicely.
Hope you all had a wonderful St Patrick’s day!
If you like fudgey chocolate cake then I would definitely recommend this recipe 👌🏻