For my daughter's sixth birthday last week, I asked her what cake she would like. "One like Bruce Bogtrotter eats in the film Matilda", she replied, with an innocent bat of the eyelashes. And right then, I knew exactly the cake I was going to make: Nigella's Chocolate Fudge Cake from the book Nigella Bites.
It was dark and bouncy, with a thick and glossy fudge icing that swirls around and clings to the outside of the cake. Yes, the cake uses almost two whole packs of butter, but you'd get an awful lot of servings out of it, depending on your state of mind at time of slicing. Nigella reckons 10 servings but I reckon you could get more.
And despite its long list of ingredients, it was actually really straightforward and easy to make. It has to be absolutely, the best chocolate cake that I have ever made. And it would give Bruce Bogtrotter, or even Miss Trunchbull for that matter, a run for their money.
The recipe can be found on page 47 of Nigella Bites or on the Nigella.com website. The last word I'll leave to Nigella herself, who says "this is the sort of cake you'd want to eat the whole of when you'd been chucked. But even the sight of it, proud and tall and thickly iced on its stand, comforts".
And I'd have to agree.