Deliciously dark chocolate cake

There’s chocolate cake and then there’s real chocolate cake, the kind you eat for dessert or with a cup of coffee, not made with cocoa but real dark chocolate. This recipe gives you the pleasures of eating chocolate, its dense, creamy, and melts slightly in your mouth and yet is satisfying like a cake. The pleasure this time was for someone else…


180g caster sugar
330g dark chocolate
210g butter
2 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
6 eggs separated
50g plain flour
Icing sugar to dust


Preheat oven to 160C and grease a 26cm springform tin. Coat the sides with a dusting of caster sugar. Keep aside 3 tbsp of caster sugar. In a large pan gently melt together the butter, chocolate and sugar. stir in the vanilla and leave aside to cool slightly. Beat in egg yolks one at a time then stir in the flour. In a spotlessly clean bowl whisk the egg whites still soft peaks come. Add the remaining sugar and beat in till stiff and glossy. Gently whisk in one third of the egg whites to the chocolate mixture then fold in the rest. Pour into your prepared tin and bake for 30-35 minutes. It should be crackled on top but moist but firm underneath. Leave to cool then remove from tin and dust with icing sugar. You’ll be making this one again I assure you!


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