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Subtle cake distinctions

September 17, 2012

I’ve been at a meeting this evening and missed dinner. Well, there’s some cold stuff I could reheat, but I was provided with sandwiches. Sometimes soft, squidgy white sliced bread with cheese and pickle is just what’s needed…

There were some very nice baby plum tomatoes which no one was eating so I scoffed them, though I didn’t bother with the sliced iceberg lettuce which was clearly only meant as a garnish. And there was cake. I opted for what I assumed what a chocolate cake. It was brown(ish) and had a lot of icing (no doubt it looked good when it was whole). I was a little concerned that it might be a coffee cake, but in an establishment such as the one I was in, a coffee cake would surely be emblazoned with walnuts – although nut allergies (and expense) might preclude such decoration. It didn’t taste of coffee. But then it didn’t taste of chocolate either.

It reminded me that I haven’t posted a cake recipe for  while and I recently found a new one which ideally I’d enforce the makers of this evening’s cake to use. In an ideal world that is.

The recipe’s metric I’m afraid, but if you’re reading this you’re using a computer and so anything, even conversion, is possible….

It’s also gluten free and it works best with a flour mix that has tapioca flour in.

Pour 375ml of boiling milk onto 100g dark chocolate to melt it. It will look as though you have made an awful mistake, but keep stirring it and it will mix together. Set aside to cool. Meanwhile,  put 275g caster sugar,75g cocoa powder, 225g gluten free flour (I used 50g rice flour, 50g tapioca flour, 50g potato flour, 50g buckwheat flour, 20 g corn flour) in a bowl and mix. Put 75ml sunflower oil, 1 large egg plus a yolk and a teaspoon of treacle in a jug, mix well and add to the flour and sugar, Add the chocolate milk and mix. It’s a runny cake mix. Pour it into a greased, lined, deep 9″cake tin and bake for about an hour at 180c. It’s done when it’s looks as if it’s done.

We had this cake on my birthday decorated with strawberries and cream and very nice it was too.

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