Whilst packing up my kitchen a few weeks ago I came across a newspaper cutting with a recipe on it. Nothing unusual in this, except that the recipe was for a chocolate cake and I’m not that fond of chocolate cake. In fact, as I’ve said before, I’m not that bothered about cake at all.
As it happened, friends were coming for tea the very night I discovered the cutting and being in need of a dessert anyway I decided to give the recipe a go using what was already in my cupboards. Milk chocolate was swapped for dark, hazlenuts for walnuts and self raising flour for plain plus baking powder.
The result was quite remarkable. Rich and moist and not too sweet, I utterly adored this cake and proudly served it up with a slick of double cream for dessert that evening.
Turned out, however, that my friends had both given up chocolate for Lent and could do no more than look at the cake. Ate the whole thing myself. Blush.
Chocolate Chip and Walnut Bit Cake – Adapted from an unknown source.
250g caster sugar
100g walnuts, gently roasted in a dry pan then chopped finely
100g dark chocolate, chopped into 5mm pieces
125g SR flour
20ml strong coffee
- Cream together the butter and sugar.
- Whisk the eggs briefly then stir gradually into the sugar and egg mixture until combined.
- Add half the flour, chocolate and nuts and stir to combine. Add the rest of the dry ingredients and the coffee. Stir again briefly until just combined.
- Pour mixture into a lined 20cm cake tin and bake in a 180 oC oven for 50 minutes.
- Leave to cool before turning out of tin, slicing and serving with cream.
easy and incredible sounds about right!
Looks great! Unlike you, I’m a huge chocolate cake fan. This one looks unusual though – I’m sure I’d easily eat the whole thing myself too!
Good for you Wendy! That did make me smile, but poor friends. Your cake does look very good, especially with that cream dripping of it. Very decadent 🙂
It’s got a luscious crumb…it doesn’t look too sweet, either, which is what I’m always looking for in a cake.
And I have everything I need right here…
And how utterly scrumptious does that look then…?? *Ate the whole thing myself* well done;)
I,on the other hand, adore chocolate. One of my favourite places in Sydney is the Lindt Cafe. How can Lucy be my daughter? What did I do wrong?
Nevertheless your recipe looks tempting – perhaps when Lucy comes to visit next time.
hope your friend gets another chance to taste it another time – looks worth repeating – would love to try it myself
Good find Wendy!
I like chocolate but like you I’m not keen on overly chocolatey desserts. Much rather have something like this, studded with little chocolate pieces.
p.s hope you are still settling in to the new house well
Heather – Very easy indeed. 🙂
Antonia – It was a bit different. Not too chocolately and not too sweet. Perfect for me. Wonder what a chocolate cake lover like yourself would think…
Lucy – There’s quite a lot of sugar in it but it doesn’t taste too sweet at all. Perhaps because of the bitter chocolate.
The crumb was my favourite bit too. 🙂
Pia – Thank you. Didn’t eat it all at once, must say, but still. 🙂
Yvonne – She sounds tempted by it! Lindt chocolate IS lovely. Didn’t know they had cafes.
Johanna – Making it again this weekend but for different friends. At least someone else will get to taste it though!
Sophie – I am, thank you. It’s been a hectic few weeks but our hard work has really paid off and I’m going to be able to really relax in the new house over the Easter hols. Bliss.
I don’t have a problem with cakes, or chocolate cakes. Usually, the more chocolate, the better. But this sounds very tempting indeed. It’s going on my ‘must try’ list right now.
So simple, and so divine! Too bad your friends couldn’t try it. I will have to make sure my guests can eat it, or I’m sure I’ll devour the whole thing myself, too. 😉
I think Sydney’s Lindt is the first in the world, but I could be wrong. Surely there are some in Switzerland. Yum!
I know chocolate is bad for dogs but does Marco like it? Our Basil loved it and lived to 19! He especially loved it with Inspector Rex.
Bloody Lent! I’ve given up cappuccino’s – and not very happily or silently either. Fortunately, I could have a slice of your heavenly looking cake, which I think I will cook for my hubby’s lunch box this week. Thanks Wendy.
Aforkfullofspaghetti – Hope you enjoy it!
Ricki – I’ll have to make sure I don’t do the same again too. 🙂
Yvonne – Marco’s never tried it but my old dog, Sam, used to love it. We didn’t know chocolate was bad for dogs at that time and he’d sometimes get a square if someone was eating a chocolate bar. He LOVED it.
Em – Grumbling or not – well done you!
Cheerfully tolerating friends who give up chocolate for Lent is a Lenten practice in its own right! This cake looks amazing. I will have to try it soon.
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