Now one of my biggest guilty pleasures is definitely chocolate! Out of all treats, candy, desserts & naughty goodness I will always pick something chocolaty over anything else. A little while back for my brothers pre-wedding lunch, for the dessert my dad decided to bake a couple of cakes. One of them, hooray, was a chocolate cake! Now let me tell you, this was not just your average chocolate cake. This was one helluva dee-lish-uss chocolate cake!
Ever since I introduced my dad to (one of my favourite chefs) Ottolenghi he has been as ‘obsessed’ with his cookbooks as I am! So it wasn’t a huge surprise that this incredible chocolate cake recipe came from Ottolenghi; The Cookbook (link).
Why I loved this cake? Well for starters, Yotam Ottolenghi seems to think there is no such thing as too much chocolate in a cake and I have to say I agree. This does mean that this cake is not for the faint-hearted, it is rather rich and indulgent. The main ingredients are pretty much; chocolate, chocolate, some more chocolate and then oh let’s not forget plenty of butter and sugar! But hey if you are going to treat yourself, you may as well do it properly! Because there is no flour in this cake it actually makes it gluten-free – that almost makes it sound healthier don’t you think?
Anyway, the cake is baked in two stages which means the bottom layer is a bit like a heavy baked chocolate mousse cake and the top layer is more like a gooey brownie batter. When my dad made this cake he gave us all the warning; “it’s very rich, you can probably only eat a small piece”. So we followed his advice but when our small piece was gone, we continued to go back for seconds, and maybe even thirds. I don’t know how I did it – but it was just so delicious; I couldn’t stop!
A few weeks back it was my friend’s birthday and I wanted to bake a cake that would feed at least 15-20 people and immediately this cake sprung to mind. The cake was a huge success so I decided the recipe was blog-worthy and had to be shared. You can thank me later…..