Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Chocolate Chocolate Cake

The kids were watching Funniest Home Videos with their Dad. They ran footage of a boy fooling around on his skateboard and showing off. The boy inevitably lost control and had a nasty fall at the end of it.

Husband says to children:

"These are the kinds of things that can put you in hospital if you make bad choices."

Youngest son:

"I knew we'd get a life lesson if we watched Funniest Home Videos with you Dad."

Each life lesson should come with cake.

Chocolate Chocolate Cake
slightly adapted from here

140g "00" flour (or plain flour), plus 1 tablespoon of flour for coating the chocolate chips
30g cacao powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
125ml strong brewed coffee, cooled
125ml buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
130g dark chocolate, coarsely chopped and melted
140g unsalted butter, softened
225g golden caster sugar
3 eggs, room temperature
170g dark chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease a 23 cm x 13 cm loaf pan and line it with baking paper. Set aside.

Sift 140g of the flour, cacao powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a mixing bowl and set aside.

Put the coffee, buttermilk and vanilla into a separate bowl and stir to combine. Set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar together on medium speed for 2 minutes, or until light and creamy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stop the mixer, add the flour mixture and mix at low speed until just incorporated. Don't over work the batter. Keep the mixer on low speed and add the coffee mixture. Mix until just incorporated. Add the melted chocolate and mix until just incorporated. Stop the mixer.

Put the chocolate chips into a small bowl and add the remaining tablespoon of flour to the chocolate chips and mix. This will prevent them from falling to the bottom of the cake when cooked. Tip them into the batter and fold them in with a spatula.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 55 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool completely in the pan.

Once completely cooled, Turn the cake out onto a plate, then flip it onto a serving platter so that it's right side up. Slice and serve.


  1. If I had a cake for each lesson my dad gave me...damn it would have been different mouahah! I love chocolate and even more chocolate cake :)

  2. Lovely cake... and fab life lesson from dad. I love my chocolate cake with milk. : )

  3. I think one of the best life lessons my Dad ever taught me was to embrace chocolate cake whenever it happened to cross your path :)

  4. Agreed! I think anything should come with cake! Especially a chocolate one! Mmmm!