Posted by: aboutalbion | December 11, 2012

Flourless chocolate (orange) cake

Flourless chocolate orange cake

I made this cake over the weekend for a team meeting today because one of the team has a coeliac condition (gluten allergy).

4 eggs at room temperature, and separated
125g caster sugar
125g butter, gently melted in a saucepan, and set aside
200g ground almonds
200g plain chocolate (70%), gently melted in a bowl over simmering boiling water
(zest of one or more oranges – optional)
(icing sugar to dust – optional)

Line an 8 inch [20 cm] round cake tin

In a mixing bowl, whisk the yolks and add the caster sugar in small amounts (until light and sticky).  If orange zest is being used, add it at this point.  Then gradually add the melted butter, continuing to whisk.

With a mixing spoon, stir in the ground almonds, and then the melted chocolate.  Mix well to combine,

In a separate clean bowl, and with a clean whisk, whisk the egg whites until stiff.  With a metal spoon, transfer the egg white to the cake mixture, and mix gently.

Transfer the batter to the lined cake tin, cover, and bake in the centre of a pre-heated oven at GM4 [180C, 350F] for 45 minutes (or until done).

[Timing is everything, isn’t it.  The internet recipe said 20 minutes.  Comments included “needs 35 minutes”.  I let my first attempt this weekend bake for 45 minutes.  It was fine … but I made a note for next time to consider GM4 for 45 minutes, and GM3 for 15 minutes – making one hour in total.]

Remove from the oven, and cool on a rack.  [If there is any indication that the cake might collapse in the middle, consider carefully inverting it (still in the tin) over a rack to cool.]

Before taking it to the team meeting, I dusted the top with icing sugar.  It seemed to be enjoyed … I brought back an empty cake tin …


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