Yesterday evening I was delighted to be invited for a family dinner in my cousins house. Her husband is a massive chocolate lover and so I needed to come up with a dessert suitable for the occasion. I absolutely love chocolate desserts, and chocolate tends to be what I opt for when eating out. That said when I hear 'chocolate cake' I'm never too excited as it makes me think of a boring chocolate sponge. So yesterday afternoon I was doing lots of research and reading around a cake that would be really chocolatey and dense and serve 6 people. Whilst flicking through my 'Leon- Baking & Puddings' cookbook, I stumbled on the solution; a flourless chocolate cake! This cake is so wonderfully moist and chocolatey and very rich, it's heaven for chocolate lovers. With only four ingredients putting this cake together is very straight forward. The last few crumbs were fought over at the table, so I must have done something right. Also because there is no flour, ideal for any coeliac guests you may be having for dinner.
Chocolate Lovers Flourless Cake
200g good quality dark chocolate (70% or more)
4 large eggs (separated)
220g demerara sugar
1. Preheat the oven the 180C and line and grease a 23cm round tin or equivalent.
2. Melt the butter and chocolate in a heat proof bowl set over a pan of boiling water.
3. Meanwhile, separate the eggs. Whisk the egg whites in a clean bowl until stiff and peaky,
then set aside.
4. In a separate bowl, whisk half the sugar and egg yolks together until pale and thick.
5. Once the chocolate and butter are melted, remove from the heat and stir in the egg yolk
6. Finally add the remaining sugar to the stiffened egg whites and mix well. Fold the egg whites
into the chocolate mixture and mix gently. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and bake
for 40 minutes.
As it happened I had some delicious white chocolate cream left over from my White Chocolate Cream Sandwiches. This creamy sauce was the perfect accompaniment for this indulgent chocolate cake. The mixture of flavours of white and dark chocolate was incredible. Have a look here for the recipe.
Also just to note that this cake is meant to have a 'collapsed' look, remember there is not flour, so don't panic if it looks a little deflated.