Chocolate Olive Oil Cake : Nigellissima

Nigella Lawson Chocolate olive oil cake

Did you know it chocolate week this week? Me either!

 So in honour of this I thought I would give one of the recipes in the current TV series on BBC2, Nigellisima a whirl. I’ve got to say I was very curious, how a Chocolate and Olive oil cake was going to taste.  On the show it looked so moist and rich, it definitely seemed like the kind of chocolate cake that I would like!

I also thought I’d write-up the recipe in the same way as the domestic goddess herself does, as a train of thought. Not sure if that the right way of describing it, but it something I always love about her cook books.

So, firstly you need to take 50g of good quality sifted cocoa powder, and add it to 125 ml of boiling water.  Whisk and it should form a runny paste and be smooth, into this add 2 teaspoons of the very best vanilla extract. Set this aside to cool.

Now preheat your oven for 170c or gas mark 3. Grease and line a 8-9 inch springform cake tin.

Then combine, into a small dish, 150g of ground almonds, with a pinch of salt and a larger pinch of bicarbonate of soda. Now in a large bowl, add 200g of caster sugar, 3 large eggs and 150ml light and mild olive oil. This you need to beat with a hand mixer or in a food processor until it is a pale primrose yellow, the consistency of a home-made mayonnaise. Now turn the mixer to a lower speed and pour the cocoa mixture into it. Making sure you have gotten all of the chocolatey mixture out.  Add the ground almonds with salt and soda that you previously made.  Mix lightly, combining all of the ingredients  You can at this point add the dark unctuous liquid batter into the cake tin, and place in the oven.

Run a bath, slip into something a little more comfortable. 😉 Whilst the cake bakes for 40-45 minutes, take out and cool slightly in its tin, before removing. You can eat it cooled completely or slightly warm with ice cream, and a few raspberries.

”If chocolate cake is an indulgence, please don’t consider it a sinful one: it is a confection to exult in, not to regret.”

Nigella Lawson

 I served my cake à la mode without a thought of my waistline, beautifully rich and decadent!

Thank you for reading



  1. Gerry Carnell says

    I’m doing a chocolate, beetroot and sunflower oil cake at Cookie tots this week- and didn’t even know it was national chocolate cake- what a coincidence!x

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