I am a huge fan of cooking with as few utensils and ingredients as possible, so this easy chocolate cake is a winner in our house. The secret to success is to cook it for less time than you think; it should still wobble a little when you take it out from the oven, so that when cooled the inside will remain lovely and fudgey.
Most recipes call for the eggs and sugar together to be whisked together for a laborious and arm-killing five minutes, but I’ve found that if you just give the eggs a quick thrashing in a cup with a fork, and then stir them into the mixture, brownie-style, the cake still remains wonderfully squidgy.
- 135 g salted butter
- 75 g cocoa powder
- 350 g sugar
- 110 g plain flour
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (although me being me, I always ditch the vanilla and add a good glug of dark rum)
- 3 eggs, whisked
Preheat your oven to 180 degree, then grease and line a 20cm springform cake tin (I haven’t got one myself, but I assume all proper cooks have).
Melt the butter slowly in a large saucepan. Remove from the heat and stir in the sugar, cocoa, vanilla/rum and flour. Once combined add the eggs and give a final stir until the mixture is smooth.
Pour into your tin and bake for 20-25 minutes until the top is cooked but the inside still has movement when you shake the tin; the top should crack a little when pushed with your finger.
Leave to cool in the tin before you attempt removal, and dust with icing sugar or cocoa before serving. My son Wolf like it served with strawberries (just so he can justify it as a healthy pudding 🙂