I enjoy baking cakes more than eating them. My hubby finds that hard to believe because I am a huge foodie and crazy for sweets but there is something about baking that definitely soothes me. It may be due to the fact that I whip my batter by hand instead of using the electric beater and it can be a good activity to channelize all your stress into the vigorous whipping hand exercise 😉
This is one of my absolute favorite cakes to bake. A classic chocolate cake with a twist of tangy strawberry syrup glaze. Easy-peasy, super-moist, bursting with flavors and so so delicious! Give it a go and enjoy!
For the cake:
1 cup flour
1 cup butter (room temperature)
3/4th cup sugar
Half bar of dark chocolate
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1.5 teaspoon baking powder
For the syrup:
-Put your oven to pre-heat.
-In a bowl, mix butter and sugar and beat till sugar dissolves and butter looks white and fluffy. Use a hand blender if u have one!
-In a separate bowl, beat the eggs very well. Set aside.
-In the parallel, melt the chocolate bar in a microwave by heating it for around 20 seconds.
-Now mix some flour in the butter and sugar mixture- beat well! Then add some egg in the butter-beat well! Continue this alternate cycle till u run out of flour and eggs.
-Add the cocoa powder and melted dark chocolate and mix well. After that, put 3-4 drops of vanilla essence and 1.5 teaspoon of baking powder in batter and mix gently.
-Grease your baking pan with a thin layer of butter and also sprinkle some flour all over.
-Pour in the batter and bake for 30mins at 185degrees. Do not open the door to check before 20-25 minutes at all. After that, open and insert a toothpick in the middle. If it comes out clean then your cake is ready.
-Let the cake sit in warm oven for 10mins but with its door open.
In a pan, put your washed strawberries, sugar, a pinch of cornflour and cook on low heat. After the fruit turns mushy, add some lime juice and if needed, some water if the syrup looks too thick. Turn off the gas when you get the syrupy consistency and also taste and adjust the sweetness according to your liking. Now poke holes on the surface of your cake all the way to the bottom with a skewer and pour the syrup all over the surface of the cake. Let it cool.
Your moist and tasty chocolate cake with strawberry syrup is ready!
Note: You can use any similar fruit for the syrup, especially cherries and oranges.