You know all these chocolate ads showing people on their sofas wearing a white turtleneck and warm socks or people dressed in elegant clothes having the experience of their lifetime? I totally buy into all of them. I love chocolate and eating good quality chocolate is always a delicious, almost spiritual experience for me. Chocolate picks me up from the worst moods and always comforts me when I feel vulnerable. There is just no better drug than chocolate.
If you feel similarly or your loved one does and you want to make something special for Valentine’s Day, try this recipe. It’s very chocolatey, very dark, full of well developed cocoa flavour. You can also add a drop of orange aroma if you can find it in the shop and if you like that combination but that is optional.
This cake also contains coffee, so if you are planning a nice dinner with your partner and then this cake for dessert, it is sure to energize you for whatever else you planned for that romantic evening. 😉
60g/2oz good quality dark chocolate
1 cup cocoa powder
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 Tbsp dry ground coffee
3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup applesauce
orange aroma (optional)
Preheat your oven to 180C/350F.
First of all, you’ll need to turn your dark chocolate into powder. You can grate it if you have the patience but I always put it in my mini food processor. The little particles resulting from this (in the picture) are good enough for this recipe.
Once done, place the chocolate powder in a bowl and add cocoa powder, flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and ground coffee. Stir to combine all these dry ingredients into a more or less uniform powder.
Add eggs, applesauce and milk. This is also the time to add orange aroma if using.
Blend with a spatula until combined and there are no more pockets of dry powder. No need to use electric whisk or any other tiresome techniques. A short stir will do the job.
Pour this mixture into a loaf tin lined with baking paper. I used a 30cm/12inch loaf pan which is longer than the other two I have. You’ll figure it out, I’m sure.
Bake for 65 minutes. I know it’s a weird time, try 60 and see if it passes the cocktail stick test after that. My oven bakes it to perfection in 65.
Look out for another chocolate cake recipe next week. This will be just one day before Valentine’s Day and it will be a very simple recipe for those who just want to whip up something very easy and very quick.
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