The last few weeks have seen my weight creeping up due to lack of exercise and a fair bit of comfort eating. It was definitely time to kick start a more healthy way of eating and the best way for me is to have a mini detox. But, the weekends are the perfect time to do some baking so I got the cake making out of the way on Friday and swiftly delivered it to my parents on Saturday!
The recipe is a delicious one: Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake from Nigella's Feast. Now, I hadn't made a proper chocolate cake for quite some time, and I hadn't attempted this one before. I chose it because it was going to use up the carton of sour cream I had in the fridge that was fast approaching its sell-by date. I couldn't have chosen an easier recipe as both the cake and the icing can be whizzed in the food processor, saving lots of kitchen mess and washing up. I really loved Nigella's suggestion of placing four strips of greaseproof paper under the cake before icing it, as once you remove them you have a lovely clean plate with not a splodge of icing in sight (well almost!).
The recipe can be found here: http://www.nigella.com/recipe/recipe_detail.aspx?rid=191
And here is my cake being assembled: