What’s better than a delicious slice of cake mid-afternoon? I’m all about the little winter treats, that help to make the cold outside seem a little bit better. Trudging around with my big boots, hat and scarf on, I find myself dreaming of sitting cosy by the Christmas Tree. With the fairy lights on and the room aglow. Big fluffy socks on my feet and a warm coffee in my hand, with a big slice of cake to have on the side. And this cinnamon spiced pear cake is exactly what I find myself craving.
A lot of gluten free cakes are dry and crumbly and you can normally always tell that they’re free from something. But not this cake… This cake is a moist, rich chocolate sponge made with melted chocolate. The melted chocolate in the batter helps to keep to create the softest sponge and prevents any drying once cooked. This deliciously chocolate cake is then topped off with traditional creamy chocolate buttercream and – optional – chocolate sprinkles. I know, the ultimate chocolate fix for anyone, whether your gluten free or not!
One of the things I love the most about this cake is that it contradicts all the claims that gluten free or any free from bake is hard to make or not very tasty. The (VERY tasty) recipe couldn’t be easier to follow. And uses exactly the same method as you’d use for ‘regular’ baking: Throw all the ingredients in a bowl and mix until combined and creamy and put in the oven. Make sure that it’s cooked through, but not over cooked, and then slather with a good layer of homemade frosting. Adding a few chocolate sprinkles for an extra dose of chocolate goodness. See, sooo simple!
The most important thing is to make sure that you use good quality ingredients. Especially when it comes to things like the chocolate and gluten free flour. You might take a few tries until you found your perfect brand, but don’t be discouraged by a couple set-backs! It took me for what seemed like forever to find my favourite flour – my personal go-to’s are M&S or Doves Kitchen. And, if you’re not gluten free, then just substitute the flour for regular flour and you’ll get the same delicious results.
Bursting with flavour, this is the perfect bake to make when you need something quick, easy and simply scrumptious! I’m not much of a chocolate lover, but I always go in for a second slice of cake!