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Lanterns and cinnamon chocolate cake

September 30, 2012

I’m being accused of being too frivolous about the lantern procession – so here are some more pictures that capture the magic. Totnes does do lantern processions very well and this was no exception – though we could have started a little later which would have meant it was a little darker so that Benjo’s pig would have looked more luminous (and Arlo and I could have been at the starting  point on time). It’s just a suggestion.

As well as the lantern procession on Saturday there was, to celebrate Totnes being a fairtrade town, a cake stall  – offering free cakes – outside Paul’s bookshop (it’s a considerable improvement on a tone deaf guru playing the guitar outside his shop).

Alan persuaded me to make a cake for the stall – OK I don’t need much persuading, but his persuasiveness was the best kind in that he provided the ingredients. I hope he had a chance to sample the cake because it was a cinnamon chocolate cake. It’s delicious.

So delicious that I had to make another one for people at home.

Make the topping first by melting 4oz butter and then adding a tablespoon of ground cinnamon (more if you like cinnamon) and 4 tablespoons of granulated sugar. Stir and and set aside to cool.

Mix 4oz soft butter with 8oz granulated sugar, add two large eggs and beat well. Add 10fl oz yogurt and fold in 1lb self raising flour. Add 100g roughly chopped, very dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa solids)  – you can add more if you wish. The mixture will be quite solid. Don’t panic. Spoon it into a greased, lined 9″ springform cake tin. Stir the topping and then spoon it over the cake reasonably evenly, trying not to let it fall down the sides. Bake in a moderate oven for about an hour.

Is frivolity a bad thing?

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