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Sunday, 13 January 2013

Sunday Sundries: Signe Johansen's Tropisk Aroma

Key elements of the best chocolate cake ever: the most fragrant cinnamon you can lay your hands on [mine is from The Spice House, a gift from a beautiful friend], nutmeg, vanilla extract, good cocoa powder and espresso powder [if you substitute coffee, go for the strongest you can find and I'd up the quantities even so].

You can find the recipe on Signe Johansen's blog, though I made it from her beautiful book, Scandilicious (see also amazeballs cinnamon buns of yore). My lazy / random idiosyncratic tweaks:
No marbling. Because marbling, srsly? Aint nobody got time etc. And just think of the extra washing up.
Instead, I threw 5 tablespoons of cocoa powder into the whole mix and took out a little of the flour. This creates a seriously tempting (bowl-cleaning-not-a-chore) caramel-tinged batter, with darker flecks of cinnamon and espresso visible throughout:

Baked. Yes, I did tap my tin before shoving it in the oven, but a few air bubbles on the shiny shiny surface are somewhat inevitable because this cake is a miraculous balancing act: simultaneously light and moist.

SJ hid her bubbles in icing; as a home baker who actively prefers her cakes on the fug side, I converted the icing (buttercream infused with the same key flavours of chocolate, coffee and spice) into a filling instead -- far less messy and as a bonus enabling cunning disguise of the fact that you're eating twice the amount of cake per slice....

13 comments:

  1. OOO Kate, your blog just got tempting at a new level! Looks delicious!

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  2. Ugh, this looks glorious and is making me very sad about not having an oven at the moment. I particularly love icing - sponge is really just a buttercream conduit for me!

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  3. this looks PHENOMENAL (yes I did refrain from making a nom pun in there). I've been using cinnamon quite a lot recently , it just makes everything better.

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  4. looks delish!
    i should try making cakes out of my rice cooker lol don't have an oven!

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  5. *drool*
    Seriously? Light and moist? I lurv moist cakes!

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  6. Yum. What more can I say? Definitely making this one!

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  7. Oh no. Now I want chocolate cake. Why do you do this to me?! I'm not really mad, though ;)

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  8. If I put any store in matrimony I'd propose to you at this point. ;)

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  9. I can already smell it from here hmmmmm.......

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  10. omfg...I need this in my stomach NOW!! Going to gather ingredients tomorrow and get baking asap!! :D Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe, Kate!!

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  11. I just baked brownies today but may just bake that and turn them into cupcakes instead. =D~~

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