Friday, December 11, 2009

Tia Lidia's Chocolate Cake

It seems that every birthday I can remember as a child was filled with amazing versions of gleaming, dulce de leche infested, chocolate cake! My mum used to call it Tia Lidia's Chocolate Cake... her sister, my aunt, is an amazing chef in Argentina and used to hand write recipes and send them i nthe post...which in those days could take up to 3months to reach us. The biggest thrill was when mum and Aunty Lidia would record tapes and send each other tales of the comings and goings of their far away from each other...yet never apart in so many ways.

Mum would copy the recipes down meticulously in her little book as her sister would be baking and telling her how she was making the cake over the tape...being interrupted by cousins sticking fingers in bowls, dogs causing havoc in the yard, or general stops and starts in a family kitchen!

I visited Argentina for the first time when I was four and remember the joy of helping my aunty make fresh pasta as it rolled out of the pasta machine. This recipe was one of the favourites and most used in the household - how can you go wrong with a Aunty Lidia's chocolate cake! It's a simple cake - but sometimes the simplest things are the yummiest!


  • 200g of butter
  • 300g of sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 420g of plain flour
  • 150g of cooking chocolate
  • 1 cup of milk
Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees. Line a round tin (approx. 26cm diameter).

Beat the butter and sugar until creamy and the colour is light. Add the eggs in one by one and beat well.

Add the flour and milk slowly and alternate into the mixture. Hand mix until fully mixed together (do not beat with a mixer).

Melt the chocolate until liquid-like. (Do this by placing the chocolate in a bowl over boiling water and stirring until melted). Let the chocolate cool down, so it is cold or lightly warm as you don't want it to melt the butter in the mixture. Add the chocloate and hand mix well into the mixture.

Place the mixture into the well lined baking tin. Cook for 30mins or until cooked through and remove from the oven.

Leave to cool.

Once cool you can eat as is. The classic cake mum made always had dulce de leche in the middle!

Cocinar, comer y ser feliz!

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