If you've been reading this blog for sometime, I'm sure you've heard of my work colleague and dear friend Michelle who is often known as the girl who doesn't eat gluten (and has no dragon tattoo). Michelle comes around quite often to mine for dinner or just a cup of coffee and the best thing about having her around, apart from the wonderful company, is she'll then do all washing up!
Last Friday was her last working day as she got a new job at a different department. I am happy for her for getting the job, but sad at the same time though she's only moving to a different building. On her last day I baked this old-fashioned chocolate cake for her. For obvious reason that Michelle is allergic to gluten, I swapped the all-purpose/plain flour with gluten-free flour and I added a bit more sour cream for extra moisture and it worked fine. Also to really bring out the chocolate flavour, I added a couple teaspoons of instant espresso powder to the batter.
The sugar flower decorations are purely for aesthetic reason and there is no need for them; the cake is lovely as it is, but I just can't help it. In the book, Nigella puts some flowery decorations on the cake and I just had to do the same.
Also not forgetting to mention, this is my entry for this month's Forever Nigella challenge hosted by Maison Cupcake.
Old-Fashioned Chocolate Cake
Recipe by Nigella Lawson
For list of ingredients and instructions, click here.