The Nigella Diaries – Old-fashioned Chocolate Cake

I probably should say at the outset that I’m not much of a fan of chocolate cake. But then, I’m not much of a fan of either chocolate or cake. When it comes to the former, I’m perfectly happy with a couple of squares of really dark, bitter chocolate, and when it comes to the latter, well, while I bake it, I rarely eat it.

Having said that, it was hubby’s birthday on Monday and a birthday requires a cake – and nothing says birthday cake more than a double-layered chocolate cake does. So that’s what I baked him.

Just as I’m not big on cakes, I also tend to avoid anything that requires icing and decorating, but, as I said, this was a birthday cake, so off I went to the supermarket for candles and these little sugar heart thingies.

As for the recipe itself? It’s from “Feast” but Nigella has kindly uploaded it to her website – you’ll find it here – and it’s an absolute doddle. All the ingredients are brought to room temperature and then tipped into the food processor. A bit of a whizz around and hey presto cake batter. The same goes for the icing. The hardest part is the washing up – I hate washing up the food processor. Hey ho.

I’ve taken on the challenge to cook my way through Nigella Lawson’s cookbooks. You can find other episodes here.

Author: Jo

Author, baker, sunrise chaser

5 thoughts

  1. I am not a huge fan of chocolate cake either, Jo. Although, your photos will turn me into a convert. I still lean towards lemon anything and everything. The sugar heart thingies are perfect. A cake made from the heart still means a great deal. I am sure hubby appreciated.xx

  2. I thought I was the only person in the world who is not a fan of chocolate cake. My husband loves it though, so iI would make it for his birthday. I do love a carrot cake with cream cheese frosting at Thanksgiving time, but otherwise cake doesn’t really tempt me. I do like a square of two of good dark chocolate too! .

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