Recipes

La Torta di Sara Peri: Italian Chocolate Sponge Cake

24/11/2012

Today I celebrate one year since I launched Mondomulia and published my first blog post. I wanted to create a personal space to share my photos of food and restaurants, share my recipes and my reviews. I didn’t know how to do it, but as the months passed, I found my own voice and photographic style.

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Mondomulia has given me many opportunities. I have attended food and bloggers’ events, discovered a new community of people with whom I share the same passions. Thanks to Mondomulia, I have met great people from all nationalities that I have become friends with. I have worked as a food photographer for different clients, something I would have never dreamed of one year ago.

Most of all, the blog has changed the way I see myself. I no longer feel defined by my full-time profession (account manager); instead I present myself as “a food blogger and photographer”.

I feel accomplished, driven and happy; every day I put all my energies and time into making Mondomulia better everyday and I feel proud to see that the hard work pays off.

To celebrate Mondomulia’s first birthday, I have baked a special Chocolate Cake. The recipe is from one of my best friend’s mum and we call it Torta di Sara Peri. She used to make this cake every year for my friend’s birthday, so eating it brings me back to my high school years in Rome .

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It’s a cake that reminds me of home and family traditions, of passions that remain strong throughout the years and simple ingredients that are mixed together to create something amazing and special.

Ingredients

Crack the eggs open into a bowl and weight them on a kitchen scale. All other ingredients, except the baking powder, should weight the same as the eggs. To make a small chocolate cake using a 2lb bread loaf tin, I used three medium eggs – equals to 125g, so these are the doses that I have share with you.

  • 3 medium free range eggs
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 125g plain flour
  • 125g butter, melted
  • 125g chocolate, melted
  • 15g baking powder

Preparation

Pre-heat the oven to 180°C. Place the chocolate in the top of a double-boiler or in a heatproof bowl over simmering water. Stir until the chocolate is melted.

Mix the eggs with the sugar using an electric whisk. Add the melted butter, flour and baking powder.

Finally, add the chocolate and stir. Pour the cake mix into a loaf tin or a small cake tin.

Cook in the oven for about 30-35 minutes; use a tooth-stick to check if the cake is well cooked. Let the chocolate cake cool down in the tin for 10 minutes, then transfer it onto a wire rack.

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