Mostly because it's the only day of the week that the whole family is together. Although if I am being entirely truthful it is because The Man Of The House is home, therefore children are occupied with tormenting him. This in turn leaves me to do something I enjoy sans children....baking.
Usually I will be super-organised and bake healthy treats for the week ahead but today I made an exception.......it was decided that something artery-cloggingly fabulous was needed after my week of sleep deprivation. Sometimes nothing will soothe away the trials and tribulations of being sleepless in suburbia better than a calorie laden chocolate cake; this cake my friends, is one of the best.........
Golden Chocolate Cake
100grams dark chocolate (break into pieces)
275grams brown sugar
225grams soft butter
125mls golden syrup
200grams plain flour
1tsp bicarb soda
250ml boiling water
Preheat the oven to 180c, butter and line a springform cake tin (23cm)
Melt the chocolate either in the microwave (watch carefully!) or over a pan of simmering water. Set aside to cool.
Beat together the sugar and soft butter until light and creamy and then add the golden syrup. Add one of the eggs, beating it in with a tablespoon of flour, and then the other egg with a tablespoon of flour. Fold in the melted chocolate, the rest of the flour and the bicarb soda. Sieve in the cocoa (please, no lumps!) and last of all beat in the boiling water ( I just boil the kettle and pour the water straight out of this) Mix everything until smooth and pour into the baking tin. Bake for approximately 1 hour, although I would check it after 45 minutes as it tends to brown on the top very quickly.
You can serve this un-iced but as I was going all out with the decadence today so I topped it with a delish golden syrup & chocolate icing;
Whip together 80grams of butter with 60 grams of icing sugar until fluffy. Whisk in 30 grams of cocoa (a bit at a time or else it flies everywhere) Then add 2 teaspoons (be generous here) of golden syrup and 2 tbsps of milk. Beat until you have a lovely, smooth icing.
|The cake...just before I ate it.|