Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Chocolate Scribble Cake

Mmmm, my mouth is watering just recalling this incredibly easy cake, most of which is in the cake tin in the pantry waiting for an opportunity to jump out and pop into my unsuspecting mouth!

Okay, ingredients:
50g butter
50g dark chocolate
2 eggs
150g soft brown sugar
50g self raising flour
icing sugar and food colouring or writing icing

  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees
  • Melt the butter and chocolate together.  You can use the bowl over a pan of boiling water method, or use the microwave.
  • Break the eggs into a mixing bowl and get your assistant to vigorously stir the sugar in.  Then sift the flour in and stir some more.  If your assistant is anything like mine then they love to shake the sieve, but need some help with the stirring.  
  • Stir in your melted chocolate and butter mixture to make a chocolate goo.
  • Prepare a baking tray (20cm square and 2cm deep is about right) with greaseproof baking paper in the base.  Pour in the goo, using a spatula to get all of it.  You can now allow your assistant to lick the bowl (but unless you have a bath prepared try to discourage them from actually putting their head in it).
  • Put the tray in the top shelf of the oven for 20 minutes until the surface is slightly springy to the touch.
  • Allow to cool in the tray and then cut into 9 or 12 squares.
  • Make a little thick icing with icing sugar and a tiny bit of water and divide into 3 or 4 small dipping bowls (about 1 tbsp in each).  Add a drop of different food colouring to each and stir.  Ask your assistant to drizzle the coloured icings over the cake with a tea spoon.  (You can also use writing icing, but for younger assistants I think they find it quite difficult to squeeze from the tubes).
  • Now remove the squares from the baking tin and try not to eat them all at once.

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