by Jenny-Wren Charlton
Writer and cook, Jenny-Wren Charlton, shares a special recipe inspired by the depressing February weather: "On a horrid mid-February day when the whole world looked depressed, and I was in desperate need of something delicious and full of chocolatey endorphins to boost my spirits, I turned to my trusty store cupboard for comfort.
I frantically pulled out all possible ingredients that had the potential to make something that would tick all the boxes, and with a little inspiration from the Avoca Cookbook (if you haven't heard of them and you like cake look them up - they bake truly amazing things), I came up with this wonderfully decadent (and rather trashy) cake that managed to put a ray of sunshine into a rather mizzly day. This is not an everyday cake by any stretch of the imagination, it is far too rich for that, but it's supremely tasty and very easy to make which makes it a great cake. It's ideal for anyone in need of a chocolate hit at tea time with a long cup of coffee or as a very yummy dessert served with some cold sharp crème fraiche, a glass of Cointreau and an espresso.