This is exactly the kind of chocolate cake I loved as a child. Sometimes I make this just chocolate, sometimes halved and filled with not-too-sweet raspberry or strawberry jam or purée and a few dollops of cream (and then I don’t ice it). If you like, you might also add some chopped nuts in with the flour or scatter some over the top.
Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F/Gas 4). Butter and flour a
Carefully fold in the beaten whites, trying not to deflate them, and gently mix until they are completely incorporated into a fluffy but dense mixture. Scrape out into the tin and bake for about 30–35 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool completely in the tin before moving to a serving plate.
For the icing, whip the butter with the icing sugar until fluffy. Whisk in the cocoa a bit at a time so that it doesn’t fly everywhere. When it is completely incorporated, add the milk and golden syrup and whisk until very smooth. Spread it over the top of the cake with a spatula, using swift smooth strokes. I like it not completely smooth but in chocolate waves.
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