A while ago (before I got buried in mountains of exam scripts) I wrote about my favourite recipes and how I needed to find a selection of good chocolate cake recipes. There should be at least five, maybe in different categories (Indulgent, Fruity, Spicy etc) because a rank order is just not necessary (or even possible) when it comes to chocolate.
The Jam and I started to compile the shortlist yesterday with Lorraine Pascale’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Zebra Cake, which was surprisingly easy to do even with a young assistant. I did the vanilla bits and the Jam did the chocolate “by self!” It cracked a little in the oven, which was a shame as the appearance of this cake is part of the fun, but it still looked fabulous when cut. The sponge is moist and lighter than most chocolate cakes with an appreciable tang from the orange zest. An excellent start!