Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Goo Cake


Look, I'm just translating the name literally here! Kladdkaka is, as I see it, the Swedish version of a brownie, but generally it's baked in a thinner layer, and also left deliciously sticky. Not a fancy dessert by any means, but very easy and popular. The only tricky part is getting it out of the oven at the right time - too long and it's just your average boring cake, too short and, well, it's still a batter. (That said, the batter is, um, extremely edible. Or so I hear.) You want the edges of the cake to be quite firm, but a large area in the middle should still be well wobbly, as it'll firm up as it cools.


This time I went with the zest of an orange for extra flavor, but like with brownies, there's really no end to how you can spice it up - nuts, liquor, flavorings like peppermint or coffee, you name it. (Another favorite of mine is a few tablespoons of cognac and about a cup of toasted nuts.)

Goo Cake

300 ml (1¼ cup) sugar
150 ml (5 fl oz) all-purpose flour
2 tsp vanilla sugar
½ tsp salt
75 ml (5 tbsp) cocoa powder
finely grated zest of one organic orange
150 g (generous 5 oz) butter or baking margarine, melted
2 eggs

Mix together the dry ingredients and orange rind. Stir in the butter and then the eggs one at a time, just until it's evenly mixed. Pour into a buttered, floured pan and bake at 175°C (350°F)for about 20-25 minutes. Let cool and serve with whipped cream or ice cream and maybe some fruit or berries (raspberries are especially good).


Joanna said...

Looks delicious! My favourite addition to brownies is cranberries, as in the Boston brownies from bakery Konditor and Cook in London. I have yet to recreate them at home, but I am trying!

ylimuuli said...

Oooooh ehanata! :-P Kokeilen pian. Tuo piparminttumakustusehdotus sai hormonit hyrräämään. Ja superisti onnea haasteen voitosta, se oli ansaittu! Kalan kimppuun jahka ehtis joskus elää omaakin elämäänsä ;-)

leonine194 said...

oh my gosh! i'll try it for sure!

Terry B said...

This sounds like it would be insanely good even without the orange zest. But when you add that, wow! Chocolate and orange is one of my favorite flavor combos ever. Beautiful photo too!

Orchidea said...

Nice picture... I love kladkaka and it is so quick to make!

SteamyKitchen said...

You and I must be on the same chocolate cake on white plate wavelength! Except mine is the ghetto version...and yours so elegant!

joey said...

When it comes to chocolate gooey can be very good! :) My uncle used to add crushed pineapple to his brownies...they were incredibly moist but the pineapple taste becomes muted :)

Truffle said...

Oooh this sounds wonderful! I can just see that photo in a glossy recipe book. Looks fantastic!

Jeanne said...

Oh Wow. The description of the cake being firm at the edges and wobbly in the centre just appeals to me no end. I also like the tiny ratio of flour to other ingredients!! Fabulous - thanks for sharing :)

deinin said...

Joanna, that sounds lovely...

Ylimuuli, piparminttu on ihan tajuttoman hyvä... vaihtoehtoisesti (jos kalorilaskuri heitetään lopullisesti järveen) sulatettuja after eightejä päälle kuorrutukseksi.

Leonine, I hope you like it!

Terry B, exactly. Some combinations are classics for a very good reason!

Orchidea, yes, and I usually have all the ingredients at hand, too.

Steamykitchen, if you'd seen me scraping it off the cutter you wouldn't talk about elegance :P It was just a bit on the gooey side...

Joey, I'd go as far as to say that goo + chocolate is never wrong. Well, almost never.

Truffle, thanks!

Jeanne, it won't be wobbly once it has time to cool, which is why judging doneness is a bit tricky. It has that denseness of flourless cakes, too.

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