This little girl
has grown into an eighteen years old young lady,
She is a first year student in Archaeology at University of Volos.
Being away from home for first time gives her a new feeling of independence.
She is excited,
though you can say she is a little nervous too.
The night before she left her parents house
she made a chocolate cake.
Marilena, my niece.
200 gr extra virgin olive oil
1 2/3 cup sugar
6 eggs, separated
2 cups self rising flour
300 gr best quality dark chocolate (70% or more), melted
1 tsp orange zest, grated
1 1/2 tsp best quality vanilla powder
1 tsp black pepper, ground fresh
Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease and line the base and sides of a cake tin with greaseproof paper.
Using an electric mixer beat sugar and olive oil. Gradually beat in flour and cooled, melted chocolate.
Stir in the yolks and mix very well. Beat egg whites / salt, until foamy. Gently fold them into the mixture. Add the grated orange zest, vanilla and pepper. Fold them into the batter using a spoon. Pour the mixture into the cake tin and bake in the middle of the oven for 55-60 minutes.
Serve cake – slices warm with vanilla ice cream.