I am truly and genuinely flattered whenever my friends, colleagues and many lovely Readers compliment my baking But I wanted to let you in a HUGE secret, not so long ago I’d say a year or two ago… I hated cooking…hated being in the kitchen and particularly hated washing up LOL but I’d always like baking…now back them my definition of ‘baking’ was buying loads of cake mixes, putting them into a bowl, throwing in some eggs and placing it into the oven.
Betty Crocker was my favourite along with White Wings, and no disrespect to these cake mixes, hell I still buy them and when I’m in a lazy baking mood, I’d still use them.
But over the last year or so, I have really picked up baking and trying my best to make everything from scratch. So since my cake mix days, I have made lemon scones, Bailey cheesecake, hummingbird cake and most recently a chocolate fudge cake for a colleague (Yue’s) birthday.
His birthday was on a Wednesday but he took the day off, so I was going to give him the cake on Thursday, but I had tutoring and having dinner with some high school friends before I could go home and bake. So I was freaking out that I wouldn’t have enough time so I went crazy, searching for the easiest and yummiest chocolate cake, because I figured most people if not all liked ‘chocolate’.
I went through so many blogs and asked so many bloggers for advice, then I finally found the perfect recipe on Shellie’s blog Iron Chef Shellie, she’s always sharing easy and yummy recipes and honest reviews :) Check her blog out when you have the time :D The cake was such a hit that many people have asked me for the recipe ~ wow that’s never happened to me!
Poor Mr Bao didn’t get the taste the first cake and taking the advice from my colleagues, I tweeked the recipe a little, so instead of using milk chocolate for the icing, I used dark chocolate :) This cake is now my friend Julz’ favourite hehe so happy that she’s gonna try making it this weekend!
Note – I actually halved the recipe and made 2 mini cakes instead of a big one :)
Recipe – Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake adapted from Iron Chef Shellie
Ingredients (Makes 22cm large cake)
200 grams Milk Chocolate
200 grams Butter
200 grams Brown Sugar
100ml Sour Cream
100ml hot water
2 eggs, beaten
200 grams, Self-Raising Flour
5 tablespoons (15ml USD/UK spoon) Dutch cocoa powder
100 grams Dark Chocolate (I used Lindt 70%)
198 gram/ml Condensed Milk
100 grams Butter
2) Put the chocolate, butter, and sugar into a large saucepan with 100ml hot water and gently melt together (low to medium heat). Set aside for 2 minutes, then stir/whisk in sour cream until incorporated and then add the eggs ensure that combined well.
3) Whisk in the flour and cocoa powder until lump-free, then pour into the prepared tin. Bake for 50-55 minutes until a skewer comes out clean. Sit in tin on a wire rack to cook.
Even though it was a mini-cake Mr Bao managed to have a pretty huge slice :P
This has definitely become my new favourite and ‘go-to’ recipe when I need to whip up a chocolate cake without a lot of time :) Would like to say a HUGE thank you to Shellie again for the recipe and the support while I was baking it!