Sometimes, cake is needed, but the time and energy required for most cakes is a bit lacking. Sometimes, a key ingredient is lacking, and the effort involved in fetching more is just too much.
I’m currently kitten-sitting a couple of very needy kittens (although, at nearly two, they probably aren’t kittens any longer) for my parents – honestly, whoever said that all cats are supercilious hasn’t met these two, who have been greatly loved and indulged all their lives – and I’ve found myself in a kitchen without cake-flour.
Fortunately, Delia, in her How to Cook series, has a very quick, simple, no-flour-needed, recipe for chocolate cake. Never mind the 5-minute microwave mug cake, this one takes very little longer, when all the prep. time is included, and makes individual cakes.
3 eggs, separated
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tbsp sugar
Pre-heat the oven to 180C and lightly grease four ramekins. I skipped this bit, and they haven’t come out cleanly…
Briskly whisk the egg yolks and sugar for about a minute, then fold in the cocoa powder. Whip the egg whites until they form soft peaks. Fold one tablespoon into the yolk-mix, then fold in the rest.
Divide between the ramekins and pop them in the oven for about 12 minutes. I think mine were a little overdone – they should still wobble slightly.
Allow to cool, tip out of the ramekins and serve as preferred. Delia had a recipe for some prune-cream thing. I’m just eating them…