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Dense Chocolate Cake


Not the most photogenic cake in the world but it is one of the big favourites with my friends and family. There have been many calls to share the recipe, so here it is. Huge apologies in advance if you're on some kind of January diet. Just do an extra gym session or something. This cake is worth it!

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This recipe is adapted from Nigella Lawson's How to be a Domestic Goddess, which also contains that cake I once baked for a boy. That boy is now my husband. It's a good cake! But back to this one... 

225g soft unsalted butter
375g dark muscovado sugar
2 large eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
100g best dark chocolate, melted
200g plain flour
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
250ml boiling water

Preheat the oven to 190°C/gas mark 5. Grease and line a loaf tin. 

Cream the butter and sugar, then add the eggs and vanilla extract, beating well.

Next fold in the melted chocolate, blend but don't overbeat.

Gently add the flour and bicarbonate of soda, and alternate spoon by spoon with the boiling water until you have a smooth and quite liquid batter. 

Pour into loaf tin and bake for about 30 minutes. Then turn down the temperature to 170°C/gas mark 3 and continue to bake for another 15 minutes. 

The cake will still be a bit squidgy when it comes out, so a cake-tester/skewer won't come out completely clean. 

Leave to cool completely before removing from the tin and don't worry if it sinks in the middle. That's just because it's so dense and wonderful. As I said, it's not photogenic but it is one delicious cake! 

Enjoy as a dessert, or with a cup of tea in the afternoon. Serve on its own or with ice-cream. My little ones sometimes add a sneaky bit of butter icing and sprinkles. Shhhh! 

Happy baking! x



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