Chocolate is already so good on its own that a cake has to do a lot to really knock a sock or two off. I feel like my eyes have been narrowed and my heart hardened by all the confoundingly-dry-yet-unpalatably-rich wedges of cake stacked in cafe cabinets. Sometimes however a recipe comes along that reminds you not only what's so exciting about this dark flavour in cake form but also that homemade stuff often tastes nicer. The recipe I found on A Twist Of Spaghetti for Cappucino Chocolate Cake is one such example of this. There's nothing overtly flashy about this but it tastes good.
This cake very quick to put together - witness the instructions below which aren't much more than a long-ish sentence - and it also has contains no eggs. Despite never buying anything less than a tray of eggs at a time, they always seem to be the things I run out of first.
Cappucino Chocolate Cake
Recipe care of Chef Aimee at A Twist of Spaghetti
1 1/3 cups plain flour
1/2 cup cocoa (good cocoa - I use Equagold Premium Dutch Cocoa)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup plain yoghurt
3/4 cup strong coffee
1 teaspoon coffee liqueur
1/4 cup flavourless oil, like rice bran
Set your oven to 180 C/350 F. Combine wet ingredients then tip in the dry ingredients and stir till well blended. Pour into a 21cm caketin, lined with baking paper, and bake for 35 - 45 minutes.
Melt together 2/3 cup chopped dark chocolate and 2 tablespoons coffee liqueur, and drizzle over the cake. My drizzling kind of failed so I went for the "thickly smear" option instead.
This cake is moist, light, and keeps for days, despite not having an awful lot holding it together. The coffee flavour wasn't flamboyant but intensifies all that cocoa very pleasingly. It's the sort of thing that you can whip together in moments for when someone announces they're dropping by, and according to the recipe source the yoghurt can be replaced with a soy alternative to make it dairy free.
Miracle of miracles, Tim isn't working at all this weekend. Apart from when he requests the time off months in advance, it's the first time he's had a weekend off since roughly...February 2006. What do couples even do on the weekend these days?
Title coming at you via: Finale from Broadway musical In The Heights - the music is so gorgeous, I can only imagine that it's pretty brilliant live. Lin-Manuel Miranda won a Tony for writing the score when he was only 28! Seriously.
Buffalo, the brand new offering from locals The Phoenix Foundation. Would I like this song as much if it were not sung from the perspective of a buffalo? Probably, because the music itself is fantastic, both driving and twinkly at the same time. They're offering a (limited) free download of the song on their website so get in there if driving and twinkly sounds like your thing.
Bring Me Coffee Or Tea by wurstrockers CAN from their album Tago Mago... mysteriously good.
As I'm seeing Amanda Palmer tonight at Bodega she has been on high rotate... Have to Drive from her debut album Who Killed Amanda Palmer is particularly incredible. I love the way this slowly climbs to an amazing apex. I'm SO excited about seeing her live again tonight!
Next time: I actually don't know. Guess I'd better cook or bake something this weekend then...but after all this talk of the Capuccino Chocolate Cake I'm in the mood to make it again. Which would be nice for me, not so useful for the blog...