We’re hooked on watching Julia Child clips on YouTube, and as a chocaholic I couldn’t resist giving her Queen of Sheba cake a try. I found the recipe online, but it comes from Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Vol.1.
I’m not a fan of the American way of measuring everything out in cups – as a staunch European with a science degree, I want everything measured in grams. As such, it was a bit torturous converting volumes of flour into weights and so this cake is perhaps better described as being inspired by Julia Child because I probably made some horrible conversion errors. I also made the mistake of buying cheap chocolate which was a pain to melt.
On top of that, the bleached flour which Julia uses is banned in the EU… and when I did my online supermarket shop they had no cream of tartar so I had to make do with lemon juice which Google informs me is an acceptable substitute.
Whatever happened though, it worked. Took a bit longer in the oven than expected but came out looking and smelling amazing. It did sink a little bit as it cooled, and I couldn’t be bothered with the decorating which Julia does in her show… but it’s really good regardless. Reminds me a little of Nigella’s chocolate olive oil cake, but with more a meringue like texture.