It was my birthday again, so I made myself a chocolate cake:
I decorated it by sprinkling chopped hazlenuts over the chocolate icing (not in the instructions! they said to use hand-made chocolate leaves). As you'll probably have guessed by now, the visual side of cake-making is not my strong point. I really ought to take a sugarcraft class or similar.
This cake recipe was in the chocolate lovers' treats section in the Feb 2011 issue of Country Kitchen magazine, which I've bought sporadically over the last few months.
The magazine also has a section entitled "nutrition" which contains wholesome recipes. Last week, I made this very "healthy" cake out of the October issue, with wholemeal flour and chopped prunes:
This cake contains no sugar or butter at all. I found it best spread with butter, though, which negated some of the healthiness!
The fat in the cake was coconut oil - a solid oil sold in jars, which I found rather difficult to source - they don't sell it in mainstream UK supermarkets. When I asked in a health food shop, they tried to sell me a version used to keep skin supple. Er, no. You need edible grade coconut oil. It looks like this:
After extensive research, I can now reveal this is best sought in ethnic food shops. Mine came from the caribbean food stall on the Vicky Centre market in Nottingham. It says made in Sri Lanka on the label, and I am credibly informed that Asian and Thai food specialists may also stock it.