Thursday, October 14, 2010

"The best chocolate cake EVAR"





Yesterday was Greg's birthday. Now that everything has settled down, kids are well, I'm well, Grandad's funeral is over, I'm back in the kitchen, getting back into some cooking.

For dinner we had lasagna and the most important part of the meal, the birthday cake, was a rich, dense chocolate cake with icing sugar and shaved chocolate on top.  Hmm, feel like some more now!

Originally, it was going to be a chocolate mud cake but then I found the almond meal in the cupboard and decided I wanted to try a gluten-free, flour-free, nut meal based chocolate cake. So going through a few books, I took some ideas from here and some from there to create what Greg described as "the best chocolate cake EVAR"!! I must agree, it's pretty good!!

RECIPE

Ingredients

200g dark cooking chocolate (I used Lindt)
200g unsalted butter (I used European style cultured)

4 eggs
250g brown sugar
1tspn vanilla extract

125g hazelnut meal
125g almond meal
1tspn baking powder


Method
  • Preheat oven to 170ºC. Grease and line a 22cm round baking tin.
  • Over a barely simmering pan of water in a heatproof bowl, melt chocolate and butter together, stirring until smooth.
  • Whisk together eggs sugar and vanilla
  • Sift nut meals and baking powder together.
  • Once chocolate and butter mix has cooled slightly, pour in egg mixture and whisk until well combined.
  • Fold through the nut meals.
  • Pour into tin and bake for 40 minutes. At 40 minutes, turn off oven and leave cake for a further 10 minutes.
  • Remove from oven, cool, then decorate. 
ENJOY!! (Goes well with red wine :) )


5 comments:

  1. This method is truly European. Looks so rich and delish. Now, all I have to do is to convert the metric measurements.
    My condolences regarding your grandfather!

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  2. Thanks Elisabeth.
    It was certainly really good and thinking of making another just because I can!! I've been thinking of putting other measurements in too but can't quite work them out. We tend to bake by weight rather than volume here so it may not work properly. Have you got scales that can go between the 2 different measurements?

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  3. Yes, of course! I have a scale that also has metric, and measuring cup as well. Just easier with the American measurement. Really, not a problem with the metric.

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  4. How many do you think it feeds please Belinda? Would it stretch to 15?!

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  5. Hmm, depends how generous your are feeling! I would say only 12 really... maybe I should make another one to test...

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