Monday, 6 February 2017

I crave chocolate cake.... Eu anseio bolo de chocolate

What happens when you google I crave Chocolate cake-"recipe"?You get a recipe for "Chocolate craving cake" -simple as.  It got me thinking.What is the difference between wanting and craving? Take for example in Portuguese, to want is "querer" and to crave is "ansiar" O primeiro não descreve com precisão o desejo,( the former does not accurately describe the craving).
There is a difference between craving and hunger.When you’re hungry, you'll want any type of food, and any type of food will satisfy that physiological requirement,then you'll no longer have to eat because the goal has been accomplished — your natural hunger has been satisfied.
 When you experience a craving, it’s for a specific food.Unlike hunger, cravings and overeating aren't instinctive. You don't need that specific food you crave. But even after that five course meal your head is telling you that its all about I need it right now and no I can´t do with out it and I am going to find a way because I have to have it. Nothing else will do.
Enough said. Language lessons aside it was Sunday afternoon and I MUST HAVE  chocolate cake.
Chocolate craving cake 
courtesy of I am a baker
This recipe is so simple and satisfies that "must have" temptation within the hour

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
1 large egg
1/2 cup whole milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup boiling water ( she used coffee)

FOR THE FROSTING
1 cup chocolate broken up
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F /200c. Line an 8x8-inch glass or ceramic baking dish with parchment paper and grease sides and bottom.
Mix flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in processor.
Add in egg, milk, oil, and vanilla and mix on low until incorporated. When mixed in increase speed to medium and mix for 2 minutes.
Add in boiling water and gently stir.The batter will be very thin.
Pour batter into prepared dish. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
Cool for 10 minutes in pan, then continue cooling on a rack until room temperature.
While cake is cooling, make the frosting.
In a bain-marie, melt the chocolate chips in the microwave at 50% power in 30-second increments, stirring after each heating, until they are fully melted.
Add the sour cream and vanilla and stir by hand until frosting is well combined and fluffy.
Spread over cooled cake.


 The best way to get rid of a temptation, is to give in to it!

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