- 8 servs
Cakes are inclined to fall into an all-or-nothing scenario when it comes to dairy, either insanely rich and buttery or fiercely right on and made with grated vegetables and oil. So I wanted a truce between the warring factions, and here the sponge takes its cue from a carrot-style cake, with just a little buttery crumble scattered over. But the real treat is the chilli that spars masterfully with the chocolate, courtesy of a dribble of Tabasco. Should you want to shout about it, then the chilli syrup provides added pep.
This recipe is the perfect showstopper if you are having friends over soon or perhaps you want to make a cake to bring to a summer dinner party. Either way this chocolatey-sweat-spicey cake will be a crowd favourite fit to serve to Mary Berry herself!