Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Dark Chocolate Cake.

Hi guys,

As I've mentioned before, I love to cook and bake. I really like reading recipes and love the food network and watching cookery programmes. For the last few years my favourite TV chef has been the amazing Ina Garten. I love her programme so much I will watch it with no intention of ever making the food, although whenever I do the food is amazing. However before Ina my favourite chef was Nigella Lawson, and she has a new show on at the moment.

It's called Simply Nigella and I have been loving it! Today I made her dark and sumptuous chocolate cake so I wanted to share it with you guys! I honestly can not believe how much I love this cake because I am not typically a dark chocolate fan. This cake has espresso in it too and is described as slightly bitter so I really thought I wouldn't enjoy it. By the way I made this cake for my mum, hence why I made something I didn't think I'd like. Anyway, it is not bitter at all, at least not in a negative way. My sister also hates dark chocolate and she loves it too!


Here is the recipe:

for the icing:
60 ml cold water
75 grams coconut butter (this is not the same as oil)
50 grams soft dark sugar
1 ½ teaspoons instant espresso powder
1 ½ tablespoons cocoa
150 grams dark chocolate (min. 70% cocoa solids, see intro), finely chopped

for the cake:
225 grams plain flour
1 ½ teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
½ teaspoon fine sea salt
1 ½ teaspoons instant espresso powder
75 grams cocoa
300 grams soft dark brown sugar
375 ml hot water from a recently boiled kettle
75 grams coconut oil (90ml)
1 ½ teaspoons cider vinegar or white wine vinegar

You will need a 20cm/8in round spring form cake tin.
Start with the icing, though first preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas mark 4 and pop in a baking sheet at the same time. Put all of the icing ingredients except the chopped chocolate into a heavy-based saucepan and bring to the boil, making sure everything’s dissolved. Then turn off the heat – but leave the pan on the hob – then quickly add the finely chopped chocolate and swirl the pan so that it is all underwater, so to speak. Leave for a scant minute, then whisk until you have a darkly glossy icing, and leave to cool. I find this takes exactly the amount of time the cake takes to make, cook and cool. But do give the icing a stir with a spatula every now and again.
Line the bottom of your springform cake tin (you will need a good, leak proof one as this is a very wet batter) with baking parchment.
Put the flour, bicarb, salt and instant espresso and cocoa in a bowl and fork to mix.
Mix together the sugar, water, coconut oil and vinegar until the coconut oil has melted, and stir into the dry ingredients, then pour into the prepared tin and bake for 35 minutes. Though do check at the 30-minute mark to see if it is already done.
When it's ready, the cake will be coming away from the edges of the tin and a cake tester will come out clean, apart from a few crumbs. This is a fudgy cake and you don't want to overdo it.
Once the cake is cooked, transfer the tin to a wire rack and let the cake cool in its tin.
Turn to your icing, and give it a good stir with a spatula to check it is at the right consistency. It needs to be runny enough to cover the cake, but thick enough to stay (mostly) on the top. So pour over the unmoulded cake, and use a spatula to ease the icing to the edges, if needed.

Hope you enjoyed this post, let me know if you give this recipe a try!
Christie x


  1. I love dark chocolate, so this sounds great to me! Lovely recipe :)
    xo Kiki

  2. Yum! I should make this for the holidays!

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  3. I adore chocolate cake - it's my go-to cake for people's birthdays!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice

  4. This looks great

    Lauren x | www.laurenapowers.blogspot.com

  5. oh good God! this looks amazing. I might need to get my mum to make this for xmas (im a terrible baker haha)
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

    1. Thanks so much! Haha you'll have you ask her! X

  6. This looks delicious! I might have to have a go making this! :) xxx

  7. I used to hate dark chocolate and now I love it! This cake looks so delicious! x


  8. Oh wow this cake looks delicious! I wish I had your baking skills! :D


    1. Thanks so much Kay! That's so sweet of you! X

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  10. It looks so good! Compliments and thanks for the recipe!

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  11. The pictures are amazing! Thanks for sharing:)


  12. Oh damn, this looks way too good, like chocolate heaven! I also love baking, especially now during the holidays. You have a great blog, feel free to stop by mine too ;-) xoxo