Chocolate Spice Cake
When I first got into cake making in my teenage years, the one I made most often was this Chocolate Spice Cake. I haven’t made it for years, but must have had a sudden yearning for my youth or something as I woke up this morning with the certain knowledge that I wanted to make this cake today.
This is what I did:
- Melted 50g dark chocolate
- Creamed 4oz butter and 7oz Rapadura (soft brown sugar). Oh the joy, the day was warm, the butter softened almost immediately and it was finally not a chore!
- Beat in 2 duck egg yolks.
- Sieved in 3oz wholemeal spelt, 3oz quinoa flour (experimented with this instead of using plain old flour), 1 heaped tsp of baking powder, 1 heaped teaspoon of allspice and a pinch of salt.
- Mixed this in alternately with 4fl oz milk
- Mixed in 1 oz of crystallised papaya (meant to be mixed peel, but I didn’t have any of that)
- Whisked 2 duck egg whites until stiff, then folded into the cake mixture.
- Spooned into a 21cm round cake thingy and baked at 180°C (gas 4) for 30 mins.
- Meanwhile, melted 50g dark chocolate and 2oz butter and left to cool for a bit.
- Mixed in 4oz icing sugar.
- Realised the icing was way too stiff, so hunted around for some sort of liquid. Could have used water, but found some orange liqueur lurking at the back of a cupboard so added a sloosh of that. This did the trick.
- Spread on top of cake.
All the good work of making the cake as healthy as possible was blown, of course, in the icing – hey ho! For some inexplicable reason, my super duper non-stick silicone cake thingy didn’t work, so I had to patch the cake up as best I could. Not sure if I shall use quinoa again in cakes. The cake turned out to be beautifully light and rose well, but the consistency was a little crumbly and the quinoa added a slightly bitter taste. The orange liqueur icing I made, serendipitously, was fantastic and I shall for sure be making that again. The cake didn’t taste quite as scrumptious as I remember, but was still pretty damn good and had the added bonus of flooding my memory with a long ago camping trip down at Sennen Cove.