Wednesday, 24 June 2015
Chocolate Brownie Cake - The Photo Gallery
There have been many Birthday cakes, and many, many out of focus, blurry sparkler/blowing out candles shots - so I like this one! Makes me want to eat jelly beans... and cake, obviously.
It's a chocolate brownie cake; or more accurately an ordinary chocolate brownie recipe in the shape of a cake - and it is, without doubt, the thing I've baked the most over the last ten years. I can't even remember where the recipe came from.
It's like a big, gooey, chocolatey hug - my go-to bake to say thank you or well done or don't worry. And I always leave a plate of brownies for guests staying at the holiday cottage (if you ever fancy escaping to rural Herefordshire....)
I know there's much debate about the best brownie recipe, so I'll steer clear of that, but I've tried others and always end up coming back to this one, probably because it's quick and easy.
Grease and line a 8"/20cm tin - round or square, and heat the oven to 180C/gas mark 4.
Melt 150g of butter and 150g of dark chocolate in a heat proof bowl over a small saucepan of hot water. (I used to use only good quality chocolate with a high cocoa content, but went for cheap and cheerful during the £15 Challenge and no one noticed, so...)
Give the buttery chocolate mixture a stir and leave to cool a little, while you beat 3 eggs, 225g of soft brown sugar and a splash of vanilla extract together in a large bowl.
Stir in the cooled buttery chocolate and add 90g of plain flour and half a teaspoon of baking powder.
Mix well and pour and scrape into the tin. Bake for 15-20 mins, until the top is shiny and the sides are just beginning to come away from the tin. Cool, cut, enjoy.
Lots more tempting cakes over at The Photo Gallery.