Chocolate tea cake19:59
Ideal for when you have friends tell you they're coming round on short notice, as I had last weekend! A no fuss cake with only basic ingredients needed, just add some berries and cream, or simply serve with a cup of tea or coffee.
130 g unsalted butter, soft
150 g plain flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
140 g sugar
6 medium eggs
150 ml double cream
150 g chocolate
In a separate bowl whisk the egg whites until stiff peaks are formed and then add the other half of the sugar, whisk until the sugar is completely dissolved and fold into the chocolate mixture. Bake in greased base -lined 23 cm tin for about 50 minutes. You may need to lower the temperature half way through. Insert a skewer in the centre to check whether the middle is baked properly before taking it out of the oven. If not ready move the cake to the lower rack, cover with foil and bake for further 10 to 15 minutes.
While the cake is cooling down on a wire rack, get the icing ready: heath the cream, but do not boil it, add the chocolate, remove from the heat and stir. If the chocolate is not fully melted, put back on low heat for a short period of time, them remove and stir again until smooth and glossy.
You can glaze the cake with few spoons of melted jam of your choice, allow it to cool and pour the glaze over. Leave it to set in a cool place, do not keep it refrigerated, use an air-tight container and cool room instead.