The chocolate cake was something of an obsession for my mum at one stage. She was always trying to perfect it, continually moaning about how she could never get it moist enough. I remember standing in the kitchen one summer’s morning as my mother gleefully pulled out yet another concoction – I think this one had yoghurt in it. She seemed rather excited about it, best cake she’d made she concluded. At the time I was 6 (or so) so I was more concerned with the beckoning call of the cicadas to go out and play, so long as a slice was awaiting my return.
Now I can understand her toils and frustrations. Just a google search of chocolate cake returns untold results and none give any guarantee or promise of a satisfying result. And to be honest many of the recipes I have exhausted in the past year or so have been a bit lack lustre. But then I discovered this cake as a Chelsea bake off winner. Time and time again it has made fantastic moist chocolate cakes, although I definitely had to halve the recipe!
Recently my son has been diagnosed as being dairy intolerant. Luckily I already had this recipe up my sleeve which due to being already butter free is an easy conversion to a dairy free recipe. Hope you enjoy it as much as we have.