Chocolate cake intervention

Most of my roommates are in the exam period now, so today I decided to make a dessert to surprise them and cheer them a bit. I wasn’t really inspired about what to bake, so I went for the fan-favourite chocolate cake. Easy, quick and tasty. You want the recipe, don’t you?


You’ll need

  • 200gr of dark chocolate 
  • 125 gr of butter
  • 200 gr of sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2  soup spoonfuls of flour

Then you

  • Melt the butter and the chocolate in the microwave 
  • Add the sugar and beat
  • Add the eggs, one by one, beating the mix after you’ve added each egg
  • Add the flour and beat the mix until you get a nice consistency 
  • Pour into a greased (with butter and flour) mould and introduce it into the oven, which should have been preheated at 180C
  • Let it bake for 20 min. 
  • Let it cool before turning out

I added some almond powder. It was discreet but you could still taste it, and it wasn’t heavy, as I feared. For the best effect, you can serve it adding some vanilla ice-cream. 

The surprise was a bit ruined because the whole place smelled baked chocolate, but the result was much appreciated. Nothing like chocolate to lift the spirit, right?

Audio

‘An der schönen blauen Donau’

A New Year tradition I hold on to is Neujahrskonzert der Wiener Philharmoniker, aka Vienna’s Philarmonic orchestra New Year’s Concert. Two pieces are never missing: Strauss‘ Radetzky March and the Blue Danube. I prefer the latter. For a long time, I took ballet classes, even joined a semi-professional company in my dance school. And on my last year at that school, we performed this waltz. It was one of the most demanding classical choreographies we ever danced and -of course-one of the most beautiful. 

This is the performance of that piece in the New Year’s concert from a few years back, conducted by Daniel Barenboim.