Aug 31, 2012

Chocolate Glazed Fudge Cake

In time, everything makes sense, one way or the other. Because it leads us to a better place, it teaches us something, it introduces us to certain persons, makes us stronger…bla,bla,bla.
But sometimes that perspective is almost immediately felt. That´s what happened to me a few weeks after I started this blog. That was a bit over six months ago, and it became a major thing in my everyday life right away. The reasons are many, having an excuse to bake and cook and spend hours debating between recipes at the top of course, but also because I was absolutely certain that food would be a passion forever. What I also realized back then, was the immediate bond that can be created with people you don´t know, that might live thousands of km away, but with whom you still feel friendly, at home, in sync, whatever way you choose to describe it.

One of those blogging friends is David, from Cocoa & Lavender. His blog is well written, with beautiful photography and a definite genuine feel to it. Not surprisingly, he is a musician, and I think his sensibility to all things wonderful comes through in his posts. One comment led to another and then a few emails and suddenly I was given a gift. A cookbook with all of his mother´s recipes, compiled by him, cooked, baked and photographed and put together with an enormous amount of love and admiration. A gift that came from the heart. I´ve been reading it extensively ever since and wanting to thank him in the best way I know, which is baking one of his treasured recipes. The fact that it was his birthday a few days ago makes the timing even better.
I choose a cake because what´s a celebration without cake, right?
This is a very simple, deep flavored and surprising recipe. The surprise came from the tiny amount of butter used. Just one fat tablespoon. Unbelievable. It made me question every chocolate recipe. Just kidding, but really, one tablespoon? Reminded me of this dark chocolate mousse, which also surprised me with it´s lack of sugar.
I changed the icing and used a simple ganache on top instead of the frosting suggested. I like my dark chocolate on almost every cake, and this one felt like the perfect canvas. I think next time I would also include an extra something in the batter, maybe nuts or some liqueur...

Thank you David for such a wonderful `virtual´ friendship. 


from From Mom´s Kitchen, by David Scott Allen

Note:  the original recipe calls for 1 teaspoon cream of tartar and ¼ teaspoon baking soda; I substituted the whole thing for 1 ¼ teaspoons baking powder.

1 heaping Tbs unsalted butter, room tº
1 cup + 3 Tbs sugar, divided
2 oz. unsweetened chocolate
2 eggs, separated
½ cup + 2 Tbs milk, divided
1 cup flour
1 ¼ teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350ºF / 180ºC. Butter an 8 inch (24cm) round cake pan.
In a small saucepan combine chocolate, 3 Tbs sugar and 2 Tbs milk. Cook over low heat just until chocolate starts to melt. Remove from heat and stir until well combined. Reserve.
Beat butter with remaining 1 cup sugar. Add egg yolks and beat until well incorporated. Add chocolate mixture and mix. Sift flour and baking powder over cake mixture, add milk and beat until combined, do not over mix.
In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until peaks form. Incorporate into chocolate mixture with a spatula until no streaks of white remain. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 30 to 40 minutes until puffed and the mixture barely jiggles when shaken.
Let cool on wire rack and unmold onto serving plate.
Pour ganache over entire cake and let set. Cut into portions and serve.

Chocolate ganache:
Put ½ cup cream, ½ cup semisweet chocolate and 1 Tbs corn syrup in a saucepan. Cook over very low heat until chocolate begins to melt. Remove from heat, mix until thoroughly combined and let cool down until it thickens a bit.


  1. OMG! this look amazing!
    cualquier torta de chocolate es mi torta! yummy!

  2. This Post is so wonderful, Paula. The friendship. The virtual relationship. Your celebrating David's birthday in a special way. I feel as you do about blogging - it's opened up a new lifestyle road and the journey is delicious.

  3. Lovely post, Paula. I, for one, am glad you started blogging. It has been a pleasure to get to "know" you.

  4. Paula, what a lovely post and what a wonderful gift from one of your blogging friends - and, of curse, what a terrific birthday tribute!

  5. This is one of the things I love the most about food blogging. After I started mine I was drawn into this community that I didn't even know about. Now it has also become a big part of my life and I don't know what I would do without it. The cake looks scrumptious, I also love the simple elegance of the recipe.

    1. I feel the same and it´s a great feeling Kat!

  6. Lovely post and I'm in love with Nana's Tea Room Fudge Cake, what a wonderful recipe find and a very thoughtful gift;-)

  7. Oh Paula!!! This is such a lovely post! …and the cake looks scrumptious!!! Happy Saturday to you!

  8. Paula, I am truly touched that you baked my Nana's birthday cake for me. It is such a moist and wonderful little cake, and was always just the right size when I was a little boy. I love that you used your ganache on top, too - Nana would have loved it, as well. So, now I have BOTH my favorite flavors for my birthday - lemon AND chocolate.

    And, thank you for all your kind words about Cocoa & Lavender. You know the feelings are mutual, don't you? I truly look forward to the day we can meet in person and share a meal - and cake - together. I know it will happen - and until then we can simply anticipate. So, when is YOUR birthday?

    Abrazos, David

    1. I turned the big 44 (in case you were wondering..) on June 20th

    2. Well, from 10 years ahead of you (just 54), I should tell you that things keep getting better! Happy belated! I will make you a cake for summer's beginning next year!

  9. that cake looks deliciously moist. I agree, I've been amazed by the friendships I've made as well, and what a sweet surprise from your friend David! oh, our birthdays are almost the same day (June 21 for me :)

    1. Nothing is circumstancial, just what I wrote in this post!

  10. A beautifully written post to match an indulgent and delicious cake :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  11. A gift to treasure...along with the friendship. What a fantastic looks so moist, and I love that you topped it with ganache instead of frosting. My family would approve!

  12. This looks delicious and I must try to make it but I'm going to have to convert to Gluten Free first. I will let you know how it turns out!!

  13. I have made some wonderful friends (online and in real life!) through blogging. The sense of community and friendships formed have been some of the greatest blessings. This cake looks divine. I'm a sucker for anything with chocolate!


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