Getting through 2012…..a piece of cake!

Happy New Year! I truly hope you have a wonderful 2012. A good slice of cake should see you through the ups and downs of the year ahead.

Here’s a flour free recipe for a temptingly rich and moist chcoclate cake, with a grown up hit of prunes soaked in cognac.

Dark chocolate and Prune Cake

Ready pitted prunes 150g, soaked overnight in Cognac and chopped into smallish pieces

70% dark chocolate 240g broken into squares

Unsalted butter 200g cut into small blocks

Free range eggs 5, separated

Golden caster sugar 100g

Ground almonds 150g

Sea salt a pinch

Pre-heat your oven to 180 degC/gas mark 4.

Butter and line a 20cm cake tin.

Melt the chocolate and butter in a glass bowl over a gently simmering pan of water, make sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water, and stir gently until the butter and chocolate melt and mix together, set the bowl aside.

In another bowl combine the egg yolks with 50g of the sugar and whisk until the mix firms up and then fold into the chocolate mixture along with the prunes, ground almonds and salt.

Whisk up the egg whites with the remaining 50g sugar until just forming soft peaks and very gently fold this into the chocolate mix, being gentle to keep the air in the mix, pour the mix into the cake tin and bake for 30 mins, it should still be a little soft and gooey in the middle.

Leave to cool on a cake rack before serving with clotted cream.

 

10 responses to this post.

  1. Looks & sounds amazing Marcus! I hope you had a great Christmas & best of luck for this year.

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  2. Fab cake – can only imagine how it tastes, so will have to remedy by making it. But I know I couldn’t get through 2012 without cake.

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  3. Might have to be something similar 🙂
    Cheers
    Marcus

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  4. Please bring this to the Clandestine Cake Club!!!

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  5. Looks great. Thanks for your photography help…I’m slowly getting there. How do you make the foreground looked blurred and the slice of cake behind in focus and then blurred behind that??

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  6. Thanks 🙂 it was yummy, Happy New Year to you.
    Cheers
    Marcus

    Reply

  7. Happy New Year! That cake looks ridiculously good – I’m sure I’ll get through it like I would a piece of cake – I usually do 😀

    Reply

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