‘The Dirty Dishes: 100 Fast and Delicious Recipes by Isaac Carew, Published by Bluebird, RRP $39.99’
Dirty chocolate cake
“This is one of my signature dishes: a really basic chocolate cake recipe that’s extra indulgent thanks to
all of the chocolate sauce and delicious walnuts. It also looks really elegant with raspberry dust. This is
a special take on a chocolate cake I’ve had on every single birthday since I was born – although this
one hasn’t got Smarties dotted on the top highlighting my age!” p208
100g unsalted butter
200g caster sugar
2 large eggs
3 tbsp cocoa powder
65g plain flour
seeds of 1 vanilla pod
80g milled walnuts
big handful of fresh raspberries
15g freeze-dried raspberry dust or whole freeze-dried raspberries
For the icing
70g unsalted butter, softened
200g milk chocolate
100g icing sugar
100ml double cream
20cm (8in) cake tin
Preheat the oven to 180ºC (fan 160℃/gas mark 4). Grease the cake tin and line with baking
parchment, then grease the parchment on the sides of the tin.
Put a small saucepan of water on to boil. Set a heatproof bowl on top, then add the butter and allow to
melt. Remove from the heat and add the sugar and eggs, then whisk together.
Add the cocoa powder, flour, vanilla and milled walnuts. Mix until combined.
Pour the mixture into the lined cake tin and bake for 15–20 minutes. Once the cake has baked and
cooled, make the icing.
To make the icing, set another heatproof bowl over the boiling water in the pan and add the butter
and chocolate. Let them melt together, then add the icing sugar and double cream. Whisk until
Spread the icing over the cake and top with the fresh raspberries and raspberry dust or freeze-dried