If you are as passionate about chocolate like I am, you will love this cake, with it’s deep chocolate flavour and it’s gooey texture. Despite having a good number of ingredients, it’s easy to make as it doesn’t require any specific utensils, just a couple of bowls and a whisk.
I have used this Cacao Barry’s chocolate with 70% cocoa content mixed with milk chocolate (also from Cacao Barry), but you can use the chocolate you like, maybe 52% cocoa or even all 70% dark chocolate if that’s what you like, but try not to add more sugar. I have used olive oil because I like how it pairs with dark chocolate, but use any other flavourless oil for a milder taste.
As a doctor, I try to stick to science so I’m not a huge fan of gluten free or dairy free diets, unless you’re intolerant to gluten (celiac)/lactose. I did decide to use cornstarch on this recipe though, so it won’t lose the gooey texture during baking. If you are lactose intolerant you can substitute the regular yoghurt for a lactose free version or a soy yoghurt.
Let’s get started!
GOOEY CHOCOLATE CAKE
For 2 12 cm/5 inch cakes
2 free range eggs
75 g plain yoghurt (1/2 a pot)
60 ml olive oil
1/2 vanilla bean
80 g brown sugar
20 g pure cocoa
65 g cornstarch
10 g of baking powder
30 g powdered hazelnuts
40 ml milk (2 tablespoons)
90 g 70% dark chocolate
90 g 40% milk chocolate
Non-stick spray and brown sugar for the molds.
1.- Beat together the eggs and the yoghurt and then add the sugar, oil and the vanilla bean seeds,.
2.- Sift the cornstarch, cocoa powder and powdered walnuts (if you can’t find them on stores, just grind them on a food processor), the baking powder and, last of all, the milk.
3.- Use another bowl to melt the chocolate in the microwave. Don’t put it too long at a time, chocolate burns easily. I suggest you start heating it 30 seconds and checking.
4.- Pour the melted chocolate on the batter, you will notice that it thickens in a few seconds as you mix it.
5.- Prepare the molds with the non-stick spray and dust it with brown sugar, it will caramelize during baking.
6.- Preheat the oven at 175ºC/350ºF (no fan) and bake for 20 minutes. The center will still not be completely cooked when you take it out.