Sunday, 18 July 2010

strawberry fair, horning

The Strawberry Fair isn't really a place to go and eat cake, and it isn't in London but it was more of a chance find. This weekend involved skipping London altogether, missing Lovebox and heading instead to the Norfolk broads to partake in a spot of day boating. We collected our boat from Wroxham and made our way up the River Bure to the picturesque riverside village of Horning where there appeared to be some kind of small and old fashioned village fete in the small public hall. Alongside a slightly miserable looking tombola, and some other people with indistinct offerings was a brilliant cake stall with a range of home-made cakes and multiple servings of eton mess.

The lovely ladies running the stall were initially surprised that we didn't want to take our cakes with a cup of tea, and had to invent some kind of price structure for cake only. But we were glad they did.

Keeping in with the theme of the day (lots of ale) I tried their chocolate and Guinness cake, which I was proudly told was baked to a Nigella recipe, although they also had a tempting range of cupcakes, victoria sponge and assorted home baked deliciousness.

The cake was extremely rich, and very moist with a great chocolate-y taste and a firm texture that made it very more-ish. This got me thinking, can anyone make such delicious chocolate cake just by following this recipe? So I thought that I could share this recipe with you, courtesy of the Nigella website, in lieu of a recommendation of a place to sample cake-y goodness.

If the below recipe is coming out too small to read you can try looking directly at it on Nigella's website, which I have to say I love the design of, especially the little icons at the top, the cluster of food words in different colours and sizes ("what do you feel like") and of course the beautiful food photography.

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