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Nigella Lawson's Honey Chocolate Cake

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4 ounces semi or bittersweet chocolate, broken into pieces
1 1/3 cups light brown sugar
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup honey, room temperature
2 eggs, room temperature
1 1/2 cups de farinha de trigo
1 teaspoon bicarbonate de sódio
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 cup boiling water
Ingredients for the Sticky Honey Glaze
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup honey
6 ounces semi sweet chocolate
3/4 cup açúcar de confeitero

To make the cake:

Melt the chocolate in the microwave or over boiling water. Set aside to cool slightly.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-inch springform pan and line the bottom with wax paper. Sift flour, soda and cocoa together.

Beat together the sugar and butter, until airy and creamy. Add the honey. Add eggs one at a time, adding a tablespoon of flour with each.

Fold in the melted chocolate, followed by the dry ingredients.

Then add the boiling water, mixing well to make a smooth batter.

Pour into prepared pan and bake for one hour, or until a cake tester comes out clean. If the cake is still loose after 45 minutes, yet the top is appears quite cooked, gently lay a piece of foil atop the cake.

Cool cake completely in the pan on a rack. Remove the sides. Invert it onto a cake plate. (If the top stays just perfectly rounded, yes, flip it back over. If it sinks a bit, inverting the cake will mask the problem.) Slide strips wax paper under the edges to keep the plate free of glaze.

To make the glaze:

Bring honey and water to a boil. Turn off heat and add the chocolate. Let it rest while the chocolate melts, then whisk gently. Sift the sugar into the pan (to avoid lumps) and whisk until smooth

Make the glaze in plenty of time to let it cool. If you put it on a warm cake or if it is still warm, the glaze will run right off. When the cake is cool and the glaze is room temperature.

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