Some of you know how i hardly bake treats anymore these days. I’ve been trying to cut down on my sugar (you know i love my sweets) and anything gluten (and you know i’m nuts over bread etc) due to health issues. If i don’t, i’d probably be battling with infections and bloated stomach every day. No fun!
Once a while, i still caved in. I mean, it’s insane to go off completely isn’t it? I know i can’t, and i won’t. What i am doing now is, instead of having cakes and desserts on daily basis, they are now an occasional luxury in my life. When i do eat them, i’ll make sure i sit down comfortably and enjoy it. Like really savour it bite by bite. Hehehee! (psstt ; but most of the time, i still do pinch these bake treats right off the oven though. can’t help it! :P)
Sometime last week, i was craving for this cake so so badly. I’ve baked it once last year and it was unforgettable. It really had that big an impact. The unfortunate thing is i lost the recipe – what’s new aye? Ugh!
I didn’t give up though. I searched and searched, and alas….
Double Chocolate Loaf Cake
200 grams unsalted butter
170g brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup dark chocolate 76%, melted
2 cups self raising flour, sifted
3 tablespoons Dutch cocoa
1 cup buttermilk
Grease and line a loaf tin and pre-heat your oven to 170c. In a large bowl beat together your sugar, butter and vanilla. Whisk in your eggs then gently fold in the cooled melted chocolate. Gradually sift in your flour and cocoa powder. Mix in your buttermilk and beat until well combined. Pour you batter into your tin and cook for about 30 minutes of until a skewer just comes out clean. Enjoy!
(adapted from here)
Okayyy, here’s the thing.
The first time i made this cake, i used single cream instead of buttermilk. I also had Dutch cocoa. It turned out gorgeous and totally surpassed my expectation.
This time round, i stuck to the recipe and used buttermilk. But instead of Dutch cocoa, i used Hersheys — to my horror, i ran out of Dutch cocoa after i’d creamed my butter and sugar! Yeah, i don’t do mise en place, bad bad me. Lol!
Verdict? Cake not as fragrant — not surprising actually, because we’re talking about cream and buttermilk here — and it lacked of chocolate oomphhh — Dutch cocoa and Hersheys, hmm… there’s no need for discussion, right?
So yeshhh, the next time i bake this yummy, i’ll die die stick to cream and Dutch cocoa, no buts here! ;)