As my first article in this lovely magazine, I wanted to start with one of my favorite recipes of all time, chocolate cake! It’s probably the 1st cake that I perfected and believe me it’s going to be your favorite as well, so simple to bake and I can assure you that it’s going to be a big hit in your family, even you guys who are lurking around reading this are able to bake it too .
Surprise me and send me a picture of what you made on our email!
So enough with the chit chat, now to the real thing ..
- 1 1/3 cups plain flour
- 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder
- 1 cup caster sugar
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 2 eggs
- 125g butter, melted, cooled
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence|
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup cocoa
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1/2 cup butter
- Preheat oven to 180°C, grease a 24cm round cake pan, line with baking paper.
- Sift the flour, cocoa and bicarbonate of soda in a large mixing blow, stir in the sugar, and make a well in the centre.
- Combine buttermilk, eggs, melted butter and vanilla in another blow.
- Pour in the buttermilk mixture, beat on low speed using an electrical mixture until combined (1-2 minutes) then increase speed to high and beat until thick and creamy (3-4 minutes)
- Pour the mixture into the pan and bake for 25-30 minutes or until skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean, allow in to cool for 5 minutes then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
- Now for the chocolate icing, sift the powdered sugar into a mixing bowl, add the milk butter and vanilla and beat until fluffy (about 2 minutes), add the cocoa and beat for another minute.
- Spread your icing on the cake and enjoy!
1- It took me quite some time to figure what buttermilk was, I always used milk thinking that this what so called buttermilk is some sort of bizarre type of milk that those foreigners have in their countries’ markets, unknown to me that it’s actually (laban), and we actually have GOOGLE! Why didn’t I think of googling it earlier!
2- Don’t be restricted by the size of the pan you have, go wild, make cupcakes out of it!
Blabbering about Rosemary
Cooking chicken today? Make sure to sparkle with some Rosemary, it’ll take the whole dish to another level.
Tired and bored of your typical red tea? Add half a table spoon of Rosemary to it and enjoy something different.
It boosts your memory, Greek student burn it in their rooms at night before the exam, it’s also good for headaches and for your skin!
Recommended restaurant of the month
The Turkish restaurant at Zaweyat Addahmani (next to the Eyes’ Hospital). This place has the coziest environment ever; you can go there with your family, your friends or even alone without looking weird by doing so, it has that type of air in it that makes you automatically comfortable, they offer one hell of a lentil soup; I actually go there just to eat it!, it also offers a variety of traditional Turkish cuisine. Prices are relatively cheap. Go there and tell me what you think!