Monday and chocolate cake

The air is still, it hangs motionless.  Occasional steps on the floor above.  My fingers tapping on the typewriter, soft clicks.  So quiet that I can hear myself speaking words as I type, the words are soft, whispered in a full-mouthed way.  Light floods in from the windows, the sun is weak, so typical for a January afternoon.  I’ve just eaten lunch, a risotto with broccoli, peas and spinach, equal proportion of rice to vegetable, as the recipe from Ellie Krieger suggests.  I drop Vasisht off to school, rushing back to take a conference call at noon, so focused on the clock in the car that reads 11:57 when I return.  I start the morning with a slice of cold chocolate cake with my tea, leftover from the birthday party yesterday, decorated with those tiny golden stars we find at Michael’s – a splurge but there’s something magical about fallen stars twinkling up at you from a slice of cake. 

Here’s the recipe, adapted heavily from Amanda Hesser.

Chocolate Dump-it Cake, heavily modified

Dry ingredients

130g all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp sea salt

Wet ingredients: to be heated slowly over a low flame and mixed thoroughly

4oz of butter (1/2 stick)

3.5oz of 70% dark chocolate chunks or chips, preferably high quality

100-150g light brown or white sugar (if you prefer it sweeter)

1/2 cup water or black coffee

Add when mixing wet + dry ingredients

1/2 cup milk +1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar / or 1/2 cup buttermilk

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350F, line an 8″ or 9″ round pan with parchment baking paper
  2. First, combine wet ingredients over a low flame stirring constantly then remove from flame and cool; mix together dry ingredients
  3. Egg and milk/or buttermilk should be at room temperature
  4. Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, and add the vanilla essence, egg, milk with vinegar; mix thoroughly but don’t over-mix
  5. Pour into pan and bake until sides pull away and tester poked into the center of the cake comes out clean
  6. Slather with frosting of choice or eat as is
  7. Note: can double recipe and bake in 2-3 layers

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