Recently, Sarah Wheeler discovered a long-lost heirloom recipe. Her grandma was Helena Tellerman (nee Ungar), who came as a Jewish refugee to London in 1939 from Berlin with Sarah’s father and grandfather. Sarah says, ‘She made the most amazing cakes. They not only gave her immense joy, but our whole family was in awe of the deliciousnes. She died more than 30 years ago, but her chocolate cake was always on my mind whenever I thought of chocolate or cake. I could never bring myself to order chocolate cake, as I knew it would never come close to my memory.
However, on a recent trip to London Sarah’s brother presented her with the recipe that he had found. ‘I was so surprised to discover it was also gluten free’, said Sarah, ‘as the cake is mainly made from walnuts and dark chocolate. I replaced the chocolate with Puremelt chocolate, the caster sugar with coconut sugar and the margarine with butter, to stay with the ethos of my chocolate lounge.’
The cakes are proving popular, says Sarah: ‘We went from making two cakes a week only two weeks ago, then three last week and I’m thinking five this week. Of course I’m the best customer!’
More info: Puremelt Chocolate Lounge,
2/53 Stuart St, Mullumbimby. Ph 0406 422 465.