Gorgeous chocolate cake


You troddle towards the impressive ancient castle. The guards smile at the mere sight of you – it’s been quite some time since they saw such a pretty damsel in emerald green robes. Their silver shiny armour clatters in the evening sun. They lower the bridge without hesitating.

The iron gates open and and all of a sudden you are standing in the great entrance hall. Huge golden Korinthian pillars and marvellous marble stairs, chrystal chandeliers … You don’t know where to look first. The high ceilings are very skilfully painted. It’s a lovely copy of Michelangelo’s ceiling painting in the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican. You marvel at your new home…

Your stomach starts making funny noises. Your nose smells cake! You ask the door servant where the kitchen is. Downstairs you meet the cook. A black momma with a pineapple hat offers you a loaf of her chocolate cake. How did she know this is your favourite? Carefully you take a bite. Damn this is just divine. Not to forget that drop dead gorgeous choclate glaze. Luckily the cook gives you the recipe.

200g plain flour
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
100g cocoa
275g caster sugar
175g soft unsalted butter
2 eggs
1 tablespoon real vanilla extract
80ml sour cream
125ml boiling water
175g dark chocolate chips (unless you prefer milk)Chocolate glaze (I always buy it in the supermarket)

Melt the butter. Mix the butter, flour, bicarbonate, sugar, cocoa, sour cream, vanilla extract and eggs so that you get a brown satiny batter. Add the boiling water. You get a very smooth dough. Take a rubber spatula ans stir in the chocolate chips. Put it in the oven (180°C) for 35-45 minutes. It’s a very good cake when it is moist so don’t let it bake too long/too dry. Let the cake cool down.

Then I melt the glaze and put it on the cake. Sometimes I add edible glitters and the like…

You can also use the recipe for cup cakes. 15-20 in the oven then…

the cup cakes...
the cup cakes...

 

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