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I went back to work after maternity leave in February. It has been a hectic few months! But now things are settling again, and I have time for posting some more recipes!

For Purim, I made our basic Shabbat cake – chocolate-chocolate-chip cake that is quick, easy and always turns out great. I decorated it with white chocolate in two forms:

1) Melted in the microwave and piped using a piping bag

2) Melted in the microwave and seized with a few drops of water to create a paste. With this I could do the flowers. I unfortunately don’t have exact amounts because I put too much water – and then it was crumbly, and then I added more melted chocolate until it was paste like.This I placed in a piping bag and used like for buttercream frosting.

I like decorating in chocolate and not buttercream style frostings because I find that buttercream is nauseously sweet. Chocolate, on the other hand… there’s no such thing as too much chocolate!

My decorated Purim cake

My decorated Purim cake

The flowers on the border are made with seized white chocolate; the rest is with melted white chocolate.

The Chocolate cake itself:

This is based on the “brownie” recipe of “Cakes for all seasons” (“Ugot lekol et”). But I tweaked it a lot.

1/2 cup cocoa
1 cup sugar
1 tbsp vanilla
150 gr margarine
4 eggs
1 1/4 cups flour
1 heaped tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
a few handfuls chocolate chips (to taste)

– preheat oven to 160 degrees C.
– place cocoa, sugar and vanilla in mixer and process for a few seconds
– add margarine and process in pulses until creamy
– add eggs one by one and process after each one until absorbed
– add flour, baking powder and salt and process until absorbed

Transfer into large pan (I used to use a 22×22 cm pan, now I use 20×30 cm. it doesn’t matter – it’s always great! You might need to bake longer for a smaller pan). Flatten. Sprinkle chocolate chips on top.

Bake for 15-20 mins or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (assuming you didn’t put it in a chocolate chip).

The great thing with this cake is that it turns out differently in different ovens, weather, ambient humidity, cosmic star configuration… and it always turns out great. You can also stop in the middle, feed your kids and change diapers, and get back to it and it will still be good. It’s ridiculously easy and quick (it’s out within half an hour!). That’s why it’s a regular at our house.

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