Seriously rich chocolate cake

Seriously rich chocolate cake

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Cooking time

Prep: 20 mins - 30 mins Cook: 35 mins

Skill level

Moderately easy

Servings

Cuts into 8-10 slices

Dark, rich and delicious - the perfect dessert

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving for eight

kcalories
401
protein
10g
carbs
24g
fat
30g
saturates
11g
fibre
2g
sugar
22g
salt
0.66g

Ingredients

  • 100g butter, diced, plus extra for greasing
  • flour, for dusting
  • 140g best-quality dark chocolate, with 70% cocoa solids, broken into pieces
  • 6 large eggs, separated
  • 140g ground almonds
  • 1 tbsp kirsch or Cointreau (optional)
  • pinch of salt
  • 85g caster sugar
  • cocoa powder and crème fraîche, to serve

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Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 170C/Gas 3/fan oven 150C. Grease a 23cm/9in springform cake tin and line the base with greaseproof paper or baking parchment. Dust the sides with a little flour. Put the chocolate and butter into a heatproof bowl set over a pan of gently simmering water. Heat until melted, then remove the bowl from the pan and stir until smooth. Leave for about 5 minutes to cool slightly.
  2. Stir in the egg yolks, ground almonds, and the liqueur, if using. Put the egg whites into a large bowl, add a pinch of salt and whisk until soft peaks form. Continue whisking, sprinkling in the sugar a little at a time, until stiff peaks form. Stir 2 tablespoons of the whites into the chocolate mixture, then carefully fold in the remainder until no traces of white are left.
  3. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 30-35 minutes until well risen and just firm to the touch. Cool in the tin (don’t worry if the cake sinks and cracks slightly – it will still be fine). You can make the cake up to this stage up to four days ahead and keep it in an airtight container in a cool place. It also freezes well for up to one month.
  4. To serve, remove the cake from the tin and peel away the lining paper. Sift cocoa powder liberally over the top and cut into slices. Serve with crème fraîche.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, January 2002

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bluevalkyrie's picture
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A handy recipe for those who cannot tolerate gluten or wheat as it is flourless. I made it for my sister for this reason, and while we enjoyed it, I'm not sure that I would make again. I found the texture slightly odd - somewhat soapy (can't think of another word for it).

torideabreu's picture
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This is the best gluten-free chocolate cake recipe I have ever used!!! Ever!!! Lots of other recipes i have tried leave the cake moist in the middle and uncooked and too dry and cracked in other areas. I will be saving this one for sure!! Make sure you don't over cook. Cook it for allocated time and I used a square tin so I could cut it into squares for a more contemporary look (dinner party) You won't be disappointed! Oh and I used dark orange chocolate as well as the recommended Cointreau.

bakewithme's picture
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Not my favourite by was very enjoyable :) we have an amazing chocolate cake with ganache on our community baking page, have a look!

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bess2001's picture
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Made this on sunday , tasted lovely , not too rich for me , but i found it didnt rise,certainly didnt look like the one in the picture, i followed recipe exactly , used proper size tin . my oven is only 2 years old , so i know its not that , so a bit disappointed , am not a fantastic baker, but everything i have ever made from this site has always worked out , except this .. so dont know what went wrong

hectorhen1's picture

'O my'! This recipe is fantastic. I made individual cupcakes and they are delicious. Fifty shades of wonderful!!!

pafretwell's picture

This recipe really does need the alcohol to give it a lift. I didn't have any snd I felt it lacked a little something. I grated some of the chocolate on the top which helped and it kept for a few days in the fridge, no problem.

eastmanuk's picture

Possibly the worst recipe I have ever used, it does not work, or taste nice at all. I highly recommend you change site to find a dessert to use, as this one is awful.

rosinda's picture
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Very good. Didn't have liqueur at hand, so used port instead and it turned out fine. Will definitely do it again!

ibizafan's picture
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I found this a bit bland, I have seen another recipe on Asda, where you ad zest of 2 orananges which I will do next time, I was a bit disappointed as it looked so good.

guysecretan's picture
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nice texture but pretty much tasteless

brynhildr's picture
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this cake is great!! I have made it many times and discovered that you really need top quality chocolate for this one, makes a huge difference!! It's currently ranked n.3 on our family favourites list :D

chef_castro's picture
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this cake is so easy to make, and perfect for when you're feeling peckish, with a sudden craving for something sweet. they're delicious and simple, perfect! i'd recommend these to anyone-

PLUS, if you use almonds that are not entirely crushed so they are still in small pieces, a rectangular baking tray and cut it into squares.. they make wonderful brownies!

thankyou good food!
♥.

firdaus's picture

yumm it looks nice!!!

caitlinboylin2487's picture

must be bad^^^^

sweetu's picture

i avnt tried it, but i am on my way to the cake ingredients store... rite away.......

scouserjay's picture

a really nice chocolate cake approved by whole family. Just 1 thing tho i would sprinkle icing sugar on top next time instead ov cocoa, but otherwise spot on ....

mdb05re's picture

The texture was perfect but this cake really doesn't taste of much!

freyavg's picture
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Just one word : lovely ! Should you nevertheless have any leftovers, they easily keep until the next day.

katiesobol's picture
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Loved this cake - made it for my little girl's birthday party as there were a number of guests who were gluten intolerant. They were so pleased to not only have cake that wouldn't give them a stomachache, but also one that tasted great. Everyone else thought it was delicious too - hit all round

dippydiva's picture
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quite a dense cake, delicious, but not sure if its my favourite

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