• My Go-To Quick & Easy Chocolate Cake Recipe

    23.11.2017 • Category: Homemaking

     

    quick and easy chocolate cake recipe, Caldecott chocolate cake

    This cake recipe is the taste of my childhood; it’s the classic go-to Caldecott chocolate cake, that makes an appearance at virtually every special occasion. My mother never really liked baking, so she relied on the speed and simplicity of this recipe whenever a cake was needed, and we loved it.

    With a dense, gooey, brownie-like texture, this cake tastes a lot like the classic French moelleux au chocolat and is lovely served with a dusting of icing sugar—or some chocolate buttercream icing, if you prefer.

    Prep time: 15 mins // Bake time: 25-35 mins

    Ingredients for the cake:

    – 6 oz (170g) good quality dark chocolate

    – 2 oz (57g) butter

    – 4 eggs

    – pinch of salt

    – 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

    – 7 oz (190g) caster sugar

    – 4 1/2 oz (128g) self-raising flour

     

    quick and easy chocolate cake recipe, Caldecott chocolate cake

    Method:

    Melt the chocolate with the butter in a heatproof bowl or jug over boiling water. Set this aside to cool. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4.

    Beat the eggs with the salt, vanilla, and then sift in the caster sugar, and give it all a good stir. Add the cooled chocolate mixture to the eggs, and mix well. Now sift in the flour, and combine it all gently.

    Pour the mixture into a large lined/greased cake tin and bake for about 25-35 minutes in the centre of the oven. In my experience, the cooking time varies quite a bit based on how hot your oven tends to run, and how gooey you like the centre of your cake; so, if you love a gooey cake, it’s safest to set an alarm for 20 mins and then check how the centre is looking at that point. When it’s ready, the top should have a fine shiny crust that will have bubbled and cracked slightly, and the centre should be slightly gooey (but not pure batter!). Remember, it will keep cooking a bit as it cools, so err on the side of taking it out sooner rather than later and letting it cool before you eat it.

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