Monday, 24 October 2011

As Promised

Today I made our Christmas cake, and as I was doing so remembered I'd promised to post the recipe for the chocolate yogurt cake of a couple of posts ago. So here it is now.

This recipe stands on the shoulders of Nigella Lawson's 'Buttermilk Birthday Cake' though it can't be said to be it. 

250g plain flour
1½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon bicarb
¼ teaspoon salt
50g cocoa powder (dark, unsweetened, the real deal)
100g dark chocolate (70%, or near as damn it, cocoa solids) melted
200g Greek yogurt (this needs to be the authentic, thick strained stuff)
1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
125g unsalted butter (very soft)
200g caster sugar
3 large eggs.
2 x sandwich tins, lined and buttered
Icing and filling.
300g dark chocolate (70% see above) broken into pieces 
250ml double cream
5 tablespoons greek yogurt

Preheat oven to gas 4 (180ºC).

Mix together, in a bowl, the flour, cocoa powder bicarb, baking powder and salt. Stir the vanilla extract into the yogurt.
Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating thoroughly after each (the last one may make the mixture curdle, but don't worry too much about that, it happens, the cake still rises). Stir in the melted chocolate until the whole is a dark chocolatey brown. Add about a third of the flour mix, stir in vigourously. Add about a third of the yogurt, combine. Continue in this way: flour, beat; yogurt, beat, until everything’s in. If it seems a bit solid add a little milk to loosen it. Pour into the prepared tins and bake for about 35 minutes. It’s done when it’s begun to shrink away from the sides of the tins, and/or a cake tester comes out clean.
Put the tins on a cooling rack until they are cool enough to handle without oven gloves, then turn the cakes out of the tins and onto the rack.
Once good and cold you can ice them. To make the icing, put the chocolate and cream in a saucepan, place on medium heat, and whisk – at times idly at others vigorously – with a hand-whisk until the chocolate has melted and combined with the cream. Leave it to cool a little (if you can stick your finger in and leave it there comfortably it’s cool enough). Take about a quarter of the icing from the pan and put it in a bowl. To this add the yogurt, this is your filling. 
Put one of the cakes on the plate or stand you plan to serve the it on. Spread with filling. Place the other on top, and cover with the icing. 

This is one of those cakes you can't really go wrong with. I've baked it in a saucepan before and it's still come out perfectly, and I have messed about with the yogurt quantities too, depending on how much I had. As with all recipes read it over a few times so you can get the shape of it in your head. Then get everything ready before you begin. This will allow you to go about calmly and make the whole thing fun rather than frustrating. 

Note on sweetness: I love cake but am not a huge fan of sugar, if you prefer a sweeter filling and/or icing just add some powdered sugar to taste.

Let me know if you make it and how you get on.


Kim Ayres said...

Looks awfully good.

Not sure what cake Maggie's making me for my birthday - she's being a bit secretive about it - although it might just be that she hasn't made up her mind yet...

Linnhe Mara said...


Titus said...

We'll give it a go! Two very big chocolate cake fans in this house. Me? I still prefer the mix pre-baking.

Anonymous said...

Both Sylvia Plath and Virginia Woolf used to bake when they felt down.

This would be the biggest seratonin hit in the world.

It's on my hit list, but today it's lemon poppyseed cheesecake with a dollop of emon curd on the side.

A little old european man comes knocking every week selling his lemons so you KNOW they havent been stifled by that waxy shit.

mm..and this before breakfast!

Anonymous said...

... yeah ... need a cig now ...

The Unbearable Banishment said...

You might just as well be writing in Sanskrit or Latin for all the sense it makes to me.

India Banks said...

ooooooooooohhh bless you xoxo

Eryl said...

Kim ~ secret baking, how exciting.

Linnhe ~ :)

Titus ~ I could have eaten the entire christmas cake before subjecting it to the oven.

Denise ~ lemon poppyseed cheesecake sounds scrumptious.

Mago ~ I know how you feel.

UB ~ have you ever tried to read a knitting pattern?

India ~ you're most welcome.

Mary Witzl said...

I really should NOT come here when I'm trying to lose a couple of pounds!

Pat said...

I adore Greek yoghourt. That AND chocolate cake makes me wish I could afford an extra couple of pounds.
It MUST be good for one.

Carole said...

The cake looks delightful. I haven't tried the recipe yet, but when the occasion arises, I shall.

Eryl said...

Mary ~ you won't gain pounds by looking!

Pat ~ it's very good for one, of course it is.

Carole ~ look forward to hearing what you think of it.

Monica said...

Just setting everything up and realised you don't mention the size of the sandwich tins! yikes. can't tell how big your cake is lol