The signature dessert of the region, this cherry pie recipe is made by sandwiching a layer of jam or sweet pastry cream between two shortbread-like rounds. You can plan ahead by setting the butter out while you get the rest of the ingredients ready, so it has time to come to room temperature. Gently tap the cake pan on the counter top to release any large air bubbles in the batter. One of the ingredients that really made this chocolate cake recipe come to life, in my opinion, was the addition of espresso powder in both the chocolate cake and in the chocolate frosting.
If you want to add a layer of fruit, jam, or frosting, divide the recipe into two identical pans to make a layered cake. Each cake layer ends up rising to a whole 2 inches thick (the max capacity of the cake pans) when all batter is divided evenly. Easy to make but sophisticated too, this is just the type of cake you’d enjoy after lunch in Italy.
I’m not going to kid you, this makes a very rich, moist, and absolutely luxurious chocolate cake recipe. I’ve tested using an equal amount of melted coconut oil to the vegetable oil called for in the recipe. Reduce speed and carefully add boiling water to the cake batter until well combined.
You’ll find some traditional cake recipes in our collection, as well as some less common flavours and ingredients including parsnips and courgettes, which help reduce the quantity of fat needed in the cake – often replacing butter. Resist the urge to open the oven door during baking, as the heat will escape and may cause the cake to cook unevenly.
You might like some of the recipes in Cooking for One or Two , with any luck, they’ll inspire you to head back into the kitchen once in awhile! Whether you prefer cookies crunchy like an Anzac, soft as a melting moment or chewy like chocolate chip, entice taste-buds with these biscuit recipes.