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Chocolate Spice Cake

Large Cakes | 29th May 2009 | By

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.

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