Apparently there are a couple of kids around who don’t like chocolate. This does not compute, how on earth does someone not like chocolate? Clearly I am a fan. This startling revelation got me wondering if the non-chocolate-lovers of the world also dislike chocolate cake. Surely not?
As a kid my Mum made the best chocolate cake. I remember she used to cut it into squares, and the icing had this very unique flavour, like no other icing I’ve tasted since. Just unforgettable. Then on top of the delicious chocolate icing was colourful hundreds and thousands, a sight for any kid’s eyes. Seriously the best chocolate cake you could give a kid. I tried to make that cake once and although my oven did not do it any justice (my oven and I were not yet properly acquainted and it used to burn the bottom of some cakes before the middle was cooked through) the smell brought the childhood memories flooding back. Have you started to notice a lot (okay all) of my childhood memories revolve around food?
The thing with my Mum’s cooking is she sets the bar pretty high. She can take a Malay curry and make it truly authentic. Spanakopita, perfectly Greek. Italian pasta sauce that had Italians asking her how she gets it tasting so authentic. So to make a chocolate cake that tastes anything like my Mum’s is a big call.
And then along comes Megan.
I’ve recently shared Megan’s Belgian Chocolate Brownie Mix. It’s the baking mix that tastes like it was made from scratch in my Mum’s kitchen. I had heard that Megan’s Old School Chocolate Cake Mix is ‘the best chocolate cake ever’. Now I am all for making such claims about most food but when it comes to chocolate cake, I dunno. But then I made Megan’s chocolate cake.
Mum, you have some serious competition.
This cake is rich but seriously light. The chocolate sticks to your teeth (like chocolate cake should) and leaves the most beautiful after taste. Even days after the cake was light and as I slid my fork into it, it bounced back and was as fresh as if just out the oven. My husband turned to me after the first slice and told me I am a good cook. For a minute, just one minute, I pretended I was responsible for the deliciousness on his plate, but then I admitted I couldn’t take full credit.
You may have read here before that I fussy with my sweets. I like to eat whatever I like without having to skimp on the desserts so I won’t eat cake that isn’t seriously good. I just don’t want to waste my ‘sugar points’ on something so-so. This cake had me going back for another slice, and another. I usually carve cakes up after I have baked them and palm off the bigger slices to my neighbour or a friend who lives around the corner, but this one was kept happily on our kitchen bench for repeat devouring.
You can find Littlesweet Baking mixes at The Black Truffle in North Fremantle, Chalkys Espresso Bar in Fremantle, Urban Locavore in MYRE Fremantle, Piccos Kitchen in Maylands, Solomon’s Merchants in Albany and for home delivery from The Lettuce Shop. You can also pop down to Perth Upmarket and say hello to Megan while you fill your bag with her mixes and your hands with her cupcakes. You can keep up-to-date with what’s going down with Littlesweet Baking via Megan’s Facebook page.