If there is one thing which has been making me feel happy lately it’s making a simple cake… especially a chocolate cake.
Either to keep out on the kitchen bench for a little sweet snack, or to give as a thoughtful gift to friends who are feeling down, or even to take a couple of slices to the local park to enjoy.
This is a favourite recipe and is foolproof. It’s one of Julia Ostro’s – aka Julia Busuttil Nishimura, the Melbourne based cook and author.
I love her recipes and also the lovely warmth she exudes with everything she does. If you don’t know her, have a little google or instagram stalk.
Her recipes celebrate simple ingredients, which is very refreshing for this humble home cook.
This delicious chocolate cake calls for 7 ingredients and most things you will already have in the pantry at home.
Truth be known if I don’t have hazelnuts, I use almond meal instead of making a special trip to the shops.
If you have an electric mixer this will make the whisking a breeze, as a little extra air in the mix will go a long way. If not, work those arm muscles!
I dust mine with Dutch Cocoa and eat a slice straight away while it’s warm (I know, naughty!)
It really doesn’t need icing, it’s decadent enough, especially as you sometimes discover extra gooey bits of chocolate in each mouthful.