Friday, June 1, 2012

Simple Melt and Mix Chocolate Cake

Since living with the In Laws, it is difficult for me to cook and bake the way I used to. Mostly cause I dont like using someone elses kitchen, and/or equipment. I find it almost impossible to use the oven at their house. It is soooooo OLD, that I feel like I have to rub two sticks together to get a fire going first, then hope to god whatever I put in there will actually bake TODAY! GAH! Plus there is really nothing but a whisk and some bowls, so i'm always thinking of new ways to bake. No creaming lusious butter and sugar together into deliciousness. Thats how this cake came about, monster chocolate cravings, and hoping and wishing that it would turn out. If not, I could lick the bowl and spoons dry :P

I love chocolate cake. Love, love LOVE it. But mostly I prefer to bake something different when I get the urge to bake. Chocolate cake can be a little too simple. But sometimes simple is exactly what you need and want.

Saturday night I had the most ridiculous chocolate cravings ever. I prefer to make something when I have a craving, than to grab a chocolate bar. Most of you lovely readers by now know, its cause I find most bought sweets far too sweet. I like the idea of creating something special from a few ingredients. The mixing, measuring, tasting and baking, is the part I love. Oh and the sharing. There is nothing better than everyones smile when they see a chocolate cake on the table after work :)

I think you should always indulge your cravings, just not over indulge. Whether it means just a small square of chocolate, or a big slice of fudgy chocolate cake, I say go for it, just not everyday. Don't go nuts either way.

This cake hit the craving spot, it is spongy, not mud like, it wasn't dense and overly sweet. Exactly what I wanted with a slight coffee background :)

200 grams chocolate
150 grams butter
1/3 cup caster sugar
1 shot of coffee
1 cup flour
3 eggs at room temp
2 tablespoons sour cream

100 grams dark or milk chocolate, I prefer dark
1 tablespoon sour cream or cream *

preheat the oven to 180C
Seperate the eggs, place the egg whites in a large bowl, whisk until soft peaks form.

Place the chocolate, butter, sugar and coffee in a small pot and warm over low heat until the chocolate has melted. take off the heat, mix in the egg yolks, then the flour and sour cream.

Add half the egg whites and mix, then pour the rest of the whites in and mix gently.

Pour the cake batter into a well lined baking tin. Bake for about 30 minutes, careful not to over bake. Let it cool completely.

Melt the chocolate and sour cream together. Let it cool slightly, then pour over the cake.

This cake is delicious slightly warmed in the microwave, so the ganache becomes oozy and warm. 

* I like to use sour cream when I want a thicker ganache, and cream when I want it runnier. It makes ganache slightly tart, but delicious. The chocolate sweetens it enough for me, if not add a little brown sugar, or use milk not dark chocolate.