[:en]Lately I’ve been publishing mostly child-friendly desserts, as you’ve probably noticed. The main reason is that I’m trying to cook cakes that my little daughter will also be able to eat. My great passion, however, are the chocolate desserts with a lot of chocolate. Like this exquisite Italian chocolate cake, which my sister prepares quite often. She has really perfected the recipe – the cake is delicious, juicy and especially chocolaty. And the best part is that it doesn`t take much time or requires any special skills. Try it too – you will not regret it, especially if you are a big chocolate fan like me.
Italian chocolate cake
What you`ll need:
For the batter
50 grams unsalted butter
50 grams shaved chocolate (preferably cooking chocolate, dark)
1 cup milk
125 grams yogurt
one cup sugar (i used white)
1 tablespoon cocoa
1 teaspoon soda bicarbonate
110 grams flour
a teaspoon or less of cooking rum
For the topping
100 grams dark chocolate (sometimes i put more, about 20-30 grams more)
30 grams butter
You don’t have to but sometimes I add a splash of milk
How to cook it:
Mix the butter, sugar and egg until it becomes fluffy, then add the shaved chocolate and mix again. In another bowl mix the yogurt and milk and then add it to the chocolate mixture. The flour, vanilla, cocoa and soda you mix in a different bowl and add them little by little to the rest of the batter.
Preheat your oven to 180°, I used a circle tin but you can use a rectangle or square one too, the cake doesn’t really rise a lot so it’s up to you what tin you use. Line with baking paper.
When you put the batter in the tin make sure you lift it up and drop it so if there are any bubbles they rise to the top. It takes about 45-50 minutes to bake (sometimes more, sometimes up to an hour, you have to be vigilant and use a toothpick).
After the cake has cooled down on a wire rack, spread some apricot jam on it and let it sit a bit. The chocolate you need either a double boiler or the microwave.
For microwave 30 second bursts for 2-3 minutes and while its out you mix it well.
If you’re using double boiler put a pan of water on the stove and a smaller pan in it with the chocolate which is either chopped finely or big blocks, doesn’t matter, and the butter and a splash of milk (you can skip the milk if you want). I usually put the 100 grams now, mix well, (make sure no water gets in the chocolate) after its all mixed add another 20 grams of chocolate if you want and mix that in well and spread over the cake with a spatula. Serve with some ice cream.