How to make it

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Prepare pan and topping:
  • Line a 6-7" mini cake pan with parchment paper and spray with nonstick spray.
  • Make topping: Melt butter and sugar in a small saucepan. Remove from heat and add walnuts, toss to coat. Spread evenly on bottom of pan, set aside.
  • Mix Dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Mix Wet ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Add Dry to Wet and whisk to combine, using just a few strokes, until all flour is incorporated. Do NOT overmix.
  • Pour into prepared pan, and bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden and a toothpick inserted comes out free of crumbs.
  • Meanwhile, make syrup: Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan and simmer until sugar dissolves and mixture is syrupy, about 5 minutes.
  • Let rest on a rack 5 minutes, then carefully invert onto another rack to cool, peeling away the parchment closely as you go. A few nuts may stick, just press them back in.
  • Brush gently with sugar syrup while still hot. Cool completely.
  • Makes one mini-cake.
  • *To Strain Yogurt:
  • Place a paper towel over a small lipped bowl (tupperware works) and leave a little slack. Secure with a rubber band, and pour yogurt into well. Cover and chill at least 1-2 hours or overnight for best results.
  • If you prefer a slightly more delicate crumb, here are the directions for the cake using the creaming method.
  • Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
  • Mix yogurt, juice, and vanilla in a small bowl and set aside.
  • Cream together 4 tbsp of softened butter with the sugar, omitting the oil.
  • Let this go for at least 5 minutes, until very light in color. Add eggs, and scrape bowl, let it mix for another 2-3 minutes, until mixture is pale, ribbony, and thick.
  • Remove from mixer or switch to a rubber scraper. Gently stir in 1/2 of the flour mixture, just until mostly incorporated. Pour in 1/2 of yogurt mixture, and stir a few times. Add 1/2 of the remaining flour, and stir, then the rest of the yogurt, followed by the last of the flour. (Dry/wet/dry/wet/dry.)
  • Proceed with recipe.
  • ---Life's Too Short For Mediocre Chocolate

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