By comparison with previous years this Winter is actually quite a mild one, I think the lowest temperature we've had so far was about 2 ºC during the day. But still it feels very cold and when it's this cold there's nothing better than lots of tea and a slice of the most lovely dark chocolate cake.
I made this cake twice already and one of those times was for Christmas, no one except me likes the traditional English Christmas pudding so we have chocolate cake instead. I filled and covered it with ready made chocolate fudge and then sprinkled with chopped walnuts, it was delicious and didn't last for very long.
This is the recipe for the cake, it really is very good on its own so no need to add any filling or anything else if you want to keep it simple.
Dark chocolate cake
200g plain flour + 1 teaspoon baking powder
200g caster sugar
200g butter, softened
100g dark chocolate, melted
Pre-heat the oven to 180 ºC and line a round cake tin with greaseproof paper.
Beat the butter and the sugar, add the egg yolks and carry on beating. Add the melted chocolate and mix well then add the flour with the baking powder. Lastly add the egg whites beaten to soft peaks and mix gently. Bake for about 40 minutes or until it's done.