Radio waves in the night – Chocolate and Matcha Tea Cake

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   One night, not long ago, I was out driving in my car. It was dark and on a whim I put the car radio on medium wave and suddenly I was transported in time back to when I was a teenager, lying in my bed with my ear glued to a small transistor radio, listening to Radio Luxembourg with the hope to hear whatever song or artist I was hooked on in that moment. The radio crackled and made noises and while I tuned it, voices from afar came and went, speaking in strange languages and random pieces of melodies came and went. I have always loved to be awake when people are sleeping, there is something particular in being the only one awake which obviously is never true because a lot of people are awake all the time but everything feels so much more intimate when the sky is dark and most people sleep. When I was a student, I used to work nights in a home for old people, the night shift was by far the best turn to work, not only we were only two but if someone rang for us, we had time to sit and talk with the people living there. There was one old and frail spinster who was completely alone in the world and who daytime could be a quite difficult person to deal with but every night around two she would press her alarm button and tell you that she couldn’t sleep. We could only hand out sugar pills, pretending that they were real sleeping pills but what she needed was a hand to hold on to and someone who had the time to sit and listen to her. I spent many hours there, listening to her stories about her life, past and present, her hand stroking mine. I wish she knew how often I still think about her, that she left a sign in me and that she wasn’t completely alone in the world. 

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CHOCOLATE AND MATCHA TEA CAKE

batter 1:
100 g/3,5 oz dark quality chocolate
75 g butter
2 eggs
100 g/3,5 oz sugar
50 ml milk
150 g/5,3 oz flour
0,5 tsp baking powder

batter 2:
3 tsp matcha powder
3 tsp water
75 g butter
2 eggs
100 g/3,5 oz sugar
50 ml milk
150 g/5,3 oz flour
0,5 tsp baking powder

icing 1:
75 g/2,6 oz icing sugar
3 tbs cocoa powder
water

icing 2:
75 g/2,6 oz icing sugar
1/3 tsp matcha powder
water

   Batter 1: Melt butter and chocolate in a small pan on low heat. Whisk egg and sugar in a bowl until fluffy, add the chocolate butter and the milk and mix well. Sift flour and baking powder into the bowl and stir until the batter is smooth.

   Batter 2: Mix the matcha powder with the water. Whisk egg and sugar in a bowl until fluffy, add the matcha and the milk and mix well. Sift flour and baking powder into the bowl and stir until the batter is smooth.

Grease a tube pan (22-3 cm/9 in diameter) and dust it lightly with flour. Pour in the two batters, mixing between them and then take a stick and stir a few flourishes in them, not to many. Bake in a pre-heated oven (175°C/350°F) for approximately 30 minutes. Take out the cake, turn it out on a plate and let it cool down.

Make the two different icings: mix cocoa powder with icing sugar and stir in a tsp of water at a time until the icing has the right consistency. Do the same for the matcha icing but substitute the cocoa with the matcha powder.

When the cake is cool, drizzle the icings over the way you want it, let your creativity flow.

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