Recipe 54: Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake

January 7, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Posted in baking | 2 Comments
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New Year’s Day is a strange day… it’s a bit like Boxing Day – it’s the day after the main event, but it is also the beginning – the start of the New Year so somehow it feels like you shouldn’t just slob about doing nothing, but really after more than a week of festivities energy is low…

My solution is a food and film night: find some mates, eat something yummy and then relax in front of the TV watching a film together. So on New Years Day I visited the lovely Richard and Ailsa. Ailsa cooked an utterly delicious butternut squash risotto which was well matched with some champagne (well it was New Years Day). My contribution was pudding – and on Ailsa’s instruction it HAD to be chocolate. I had some sour cream in the fridge which I had bought for something earlier in the week which didn’t get made in the end and on reflection realised that this was the ideal opportunity to try the Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake from Feast.

Making it: simple in the food mixer – all the ingredients were bunged in together and the machine whirred them into batter. Following Nigella’s utterly brilliant tip to avoid having to sift icing sugar, I then made the fudge-y sour cream chocolate icing in the food processor (by whizzing the icing sugar for a minute in the processor before adding other ingredients all the lumps magically disappear)

Eating it: This might be a nearly perfect chocolate cake ! The texture was great – it was a solid cake but moist because of the sour cream in the batter. The tang of the sour cream offset the sweetness of the icing wonderfully. And as a fully iced cake it looked really impressive too! The cake tasted equally good the following day too.

Next time: I think this would make a briliant birthday cake – it would look great with sprinkles and glitter! The only small flaw was that the butter wasn’t really as soft as it should have been so didn’t mix in perfectly leaving ‘holes’ in the cake where it melted while cooking.


To be continued…

January 7, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Posted in musings | Leave a comment

As previously promised, the plan for the year. (Or at least as detailed as I can manage for a whole year ahead)

Following feedback from readers (I do love know what people think about the blog – so please do feel free to leave a comment at anytime) and from my enjoyment of blogging during last year – I want to continue cooking new recipes and sharing them with the wider world. But I want the blog to be a little broader in scope: to include  some of my old favourite recipes, musings on food not cooked by me (whether a restaurant or a meal cooked by a friend), and maybe the occasional more random posting too.

I know I didn’t always manage to post on a weekly basis, but it is my intention to try to write something at least once a week.(I’ve got a couple of posts in my head right now, so that should give me some momentum at the beginning)

So I hope you are coming along for the ride!


2010: a review

January 3, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Posted in baking, Casseroles, puddings, savoury, starters | Leave a comment

As 2010 has ended and thoughts begin to turn to 2011, it is the moment to review the year that has been. I am  delighted that I have managed to complete the new recipe challenge and cook more than 50 new recipes during 2011. I’ve also really enjoyed writing about them – and delighted to discover that people have visited the site to read my burblings.

The nice people at WordPress produce an exciting range of statistics to tell me what has happened to my blog visits over the year: overall there have been more than 1700 views.

The search terms generating the most visitors are about Nigella’s sunshine soup – it would seem that I am one of the few people to have written a review of this recipe. For the record – I love the soup and have made it a couple of times – although I do agree with other reviewers that the colour is not appealing!

I also used the brilliant application wordle to produce a word cloud of the blog – overall this is what I have been writing about

I was asked what my favourite new recipes have been from 2010…  and while I can ponder recipes for a long time and my top picks depend on mood – but right now I think the list (with slightly random categories) is:

the best cake –  hazelnut cupcakes,

best starter: hummus

the best stew: greek lamb stew

best roast: is a tie between greek lamb from Nigella’s kitchen, slow cooked pork belly (both in the Nigella’s kitchen round-up post) or the marinated lamb from the Vicar’s Wife

best pudding: chocolate pavlova

I will be continuing to blog… there will be a post later this week all about what I’m going to be writing about during this year! (If you have suggestions/thought please do leave me a comment)

Thank you for coming and I hope to see you again soon!

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