Well, did you see it? Friday morning’s solar eclipse was much heralded and anticipated so, obviously, the weather decided cloudy and overcast was the order of the day. I was out with my camera (taking care and deffo NOT LOOKING DIRECTLY AT IT) but all my photos could have been great posters for the movie ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’.
But you gotta do something to honour the event. A thousand years ago, it would have been trying to overthrow the monarchy (or would I have to wait for an eclipse AND a comet to do that?), and, being me, the only thing I could do, in good conscious, would be to, yes, you guessed it, make a cake. Also, ‘Eclipse Cake’ sounds a bit better than ‘Let’s clear out the fridge and use up this yoghurt which is already past it’s use by date but still smells okay’ Cake.
- 125g butter
- 200g sugar
- 2 eggs
- 50g dark chocolate chips
- 140g plain yoghurt
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 200g plain flour
- 1 heaped tsp baking powder
- icing sugar to decorate
Pre-heat your oven to 180C and line a 20cm (8 inch) round cake tin.
Cream the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, and whisk until well incorporated. Stir through the yoghurt. Sift the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder together and fold them into the liquid mixture. Mix in the dark chocolate chips and spoon the batter into the prepared cake tin. Bake at 180C for 40 – 50 minutes and take out of the oven when a skewer inserted inthe the centre comes out clean. Allow to cool for 5 minutes in the tin and then take it out and place on a cooking rack until cold.
For decoration, I put some icing sugar into a fine sieve and placed a dinner plate over most of the cake and dredged the sugar over them. Lift off the plate and voila you can see the sun peeking over the moon’s shoulder. You could also use any cut out – stars, hearts, spaceships etc for whatever occasions you wanted.
Oh, I also have to give some thanks to the lovely guys who work in Murray Motors the garage that my back yard backs on to. They let me borrow their welding goggles to have a crafty peek while I was trying to aim the aforementioned camera.