Ready, Steady . . . COCK!

by ratty

It’s completely out of character and I don’t know why, but somedays I get the irresistable urge to cook something, and today was one of those days.

Believe me, I’m not talking beans on toast, but the real deal – enormous Moroccan Tagines, Cous-cous for 8p (that’s people, not pence), spicy Spanish chicken stuffed with par-boiled lemons, and so on.

You name it, and ratty – locked in a creative frenzy – will knock it up !

Today I was feeling a bit cream-crackered, so decided to do something a bit simple.

A CHOCOLATE SPONGE !

I’ve never done one before, but what could be simpler than a chocolate sponge? I downloaded the recipe from the internet (I can’t work without a recipe, I have a head like a sieve). (Sieve – geddit? Never mind . . .)

I preheated the oven to the required temperature, carefully measured all the ingredients, melted the chocolate and whisked everything together and poured the lot into a lightly buttered and floured cake tin.

I then popped it into the oven for the recommended 12 – 14 minutes.

When the time was up, I opened the oven and was greeted with a delicious smell and the sight of a perfecly risen sponge with the top crust just beginning to crack.

With trembling oven gloves I took it out of the oven and placed it onto the kitchen surface, whereupon I cut off a piece to discover that, under that tempting surface was – GOO !

Imagine hot chocolate soup . . .

FFS ! ! !

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7 Comments to “Ready, Steady . . . COCK!”

  1. Ahem, might you not have been a trifle premature (and not for the 1st time either), Ratty?

    Perhaps if you had left the cake to cool after removing it from the oven the chocolate might have ‘set’ ?

    Just saying :lol:

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  2. I don’t bake cakes, but 12-14 minutes seems waaaay to short to bake a cake (are you sure you had your specs on Ratty?)

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  3. MrsN is the baking expert around these parts. She’s always baking stuff, most of which gets given to friends and colleagues at work.

    there is a carefully graded scale of failure:-

    1. Minor failure – leave at home for us to eat
    2. Aesthetic failure – as 1. or give to me to take to work and distribute with suitable apologies.
    3. Major failure – give to me to give to my mate at work, who is neglected by his fiancee (health food nut!) and will eat anything.
    4. Catastrophic non-event – feed to the pigs at the farm.

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  4. Allow me to assist.

    The best way to tell whether a sponge is cooked is to stick a thin blade directly in the centre – if the blade comes out clean then it’s ready. To be honest, it sound to me like the ingredients weren’t mixed together sufficiently.

    12-14 minutes in professional standard oven would be okay, this time can vary quite a lot in your basic home-standard oven.

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    • Thanks for the advice Jay-Jay.

      Your suggestion that the ingredients weren’t sufficiently mixed is probably correct.

      The recipe stated using an electric mixer, but I couldn’t find one – so I used a fork, and minimal energy.

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  5. Most of the cakes I make take longer than that to bake.
    Are you sure that the recipe said 12 – 14 minutes?
    Usually not under 20 .

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