Friday, May 24, 2013

Chocolate Walnut Cake

Chocolate Walnut Cake   (no donating lady)
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  • 2 tab butter
  • 1 teacup sugar
  • 1 cup S.R Flour
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 150 ml milk
Preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius.  Prepare a pan by greasing it, adding paper to the base and flouring the sides.
Beat Butter and sugar until light and creamy.  
Add the eggs, one at a time.  Beat until the mixture lightens further.  
Sift in flour, walnuts and cocoa.   Beat for five minutes (less if using electric hand beaters!)  
Bake in for 20 minutes. 

The Cake came together very easily but there were a few hiccups with the baking process.  At the prescribed 15 minutes, the cake was definitely in need of some extra oven time.  I left it in another 10 - 15 minutes and had some very minor burning on the underside at one end of the cake.

I also had some icing issues.  What was intended to be a thick ganache icing ended up being a runny ganache icing with crushed chocolate in it.  It doesn't look pretty but it all tastes as good in the mouth!

I shared the first few bites of this cake with my Dad who immediately laid out his verdict.

"It's a bit dry."

I had to agree.  It was that little bit too dry.

A few gents from the local ham radio club were at my Grandfather's house, dismantling the 4 or so antenna he had installed for his radio hobby.  Each of them willingly took a slice and were much more in favour of the cake than Dad had been.  I carefully warned them first that it might be a little 'dry' but they denied this was the case.   I suspect they were being nice.


  1. That recipe looks really simple. Maybe more butter would make it more moist.

  2. Good idea. Do you think a little bit of oil might also do the trick?