I have tried and tested quite a few Chocolate Cake recipes over the years and none have really impressed me. I find Chocolate cake to seldom taste as good as it looks. Either it is dry and bland or incredibly rich. Now I am excited to have found a cake that has a good chocolate taste, moist texture and is light. I have made it a few times with different icing combinations and it has been a huge success. You can dress it up with Chocolate Ganache icing, melt a good dark chocolate over it, or have it plain where it is just dusted with icing sugar.
This cake is so versatile and easy to make. I have turned it into a sleek tart which tastes great alongside some Crème Fraîche and I also have made thick chunky brownies covered in melted chocolate with the recipe, which went down as a real hit with friends. You can even use it as a pudding and serve it with custard. I say, serve with a dollop of cream. Whatever your mood and whatever way you chose to bake this cake, enjoy!
4 large eggs
300g sugar (you can use Coconut Sugar or xylitol instead)
250ml Coconut oil
1 cup cake flour (Almond flour works well for a gluten free alternative)
half cup cocoa powder, twice sifted
20ml baking powder
pinch of salt
15ml vanilla essence
- Preheat the oven to 180C.
- Lightly grease 20cm cake tin or two smaller tins for a layered cake.
- Place the eggs, sugar and oil in bowl and beat until the mixture is thick and creamy.
- Add the flour, cocoa, baking powder, salt, milk and vanilla. Beat for a few more minutes until batter is smooth.
- Pour batter into the tin and bake until the cake is cooked through, about 30-45min.
- Allow to cool before icing it and serving, with cream on the side.
Basic Glacé Icing:
Mix 1 Tbs sifted good quality cocoa powder with 250g sifted icing sugar. Add a tsp hot water and 1 tsp butter and mix until it is thick but not too solid. If you accidentally make it too runny, simply add more icing sugar.
My Chocolate Ganache:
Heat some good quality chocolate in a saucepan and add a bit of cream. Mix to remove lumps, then add some cocoa powder, a bit of sugar and touch of butter. Mix until the consistency is runny but thick and then pour over the cake.