Chocolate Brownie Cake

This is a really easy chocolatey cake that even the Little Helpers can put together for that special day that's coming up (ahem!) It's not a light and fluffy thing... it's heavy and chewy and fudgy and absolutely amazing with thick cream* and some berries or some jam. And maybe a massage? Or a new camera?

Amazing photo by Dylan of SBM Photography

*I don't mean 'thickened' cream here, which is full of additives to make it thick. What I mean is something like Ivyhome Organic's mud cream (shown on the cake in the photo), which you can get at Wray Organic. My absolute favourite cream. And a Queensland producer.

Chocolate Brownie Cake

Adapted from Food Fast by Donna Hay
Serves 8

150 g butter, softened
1 c raw sugar
3/4 c raw cocoa powder
2 free-range eggs
1 c unbleached white flour*
1 tsp baking powder*
1/4 tsp salt

*or 1 c self-raising flour (then omit the baking powder)

**try to use organic ingredients when you can

1. Preheat the oven to 180C (350F) and line a small dish with baking paper. (Mine was ~8 in x 8 in)

2. Beat the butter and sugar together, then add the rest of the ingredients and stir just until combined. This cake is really fudgy already, so even if your Little Helper overmixes it, it'll be ok.

3. Bake for 10-15 min, until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.

4. Let the cake sit for 5 min, then remove it from the pan. Serve in small squares with cream and enjoy!

Some options for you to try:
- Make 2 cakes and layer them with berry jam in the middle and cream or icing on top.

- Make 2 cakes, keep one for now and cut the other into individual portions and freeze it (this freezes really well and makes for a great instant choc fix or dessert if you have guests). You can even eat it straight from the freezer ... maybe it's all the butter that keeps it soft?

How much did it cost me?

Well, we're using cocoa again here, so not much really! Everything I used was organic. I got the butter on sale for $3.50/250 gr, so it cost about $2. The organic raw sugar used here was about $0.50, and the organic raw cocoa powder was about $1.50. The eggs were $0.50 each and the flour was $0.50. A whole Mother's Day cake cost me only $5.50 to make. Oops, did I say Mother's Day?

Amanda xx