Chocolate olive oil cake, from Nigella. Absolutely delicious & incredibly quick & easy to make. I added a 1/2 tsp of ground dried chilli flakes for an extra, subtle, kick. It definitely got the Thumbs Up from my co-workers!
***** Old-Fashioned Chocolate Cake: If you're going to get started, this is the cake you should begin with. Not just because it's simple, though it is but because it is, for me, essence of chocolate cake: melting, luscious and mood-enhancingly good.
Devil's Food Cake: Forget the name, this cake is heavenly. The crumb is tender, the filling and frosting luscious. When I made it one friday, I expected my children, resident food critics much in the mould of the Grim eater, to find it too dark, too rich, not sweet enough: you get the gist. Instead, I came down on Saturday morning to find nothing but an empty, chocolate-smeared cake stand and a trail of crumbs.
Nigella Lawson calls these simple chocolate biscuits 'Granny Boyd's biscuits' after her editor's, Eugenie Boyd, granny – who gave her the recipe. You can find the melt-in-the-mouth recipe in Paul A Young's Sensational Chocolate (£20), published to raise funds for The Children's Air Ambulance.