What do you bake for a super healthy, gluten intolerant, carb hating, law student's birthday?
.... Okay, I lie, this cake is not really healthy... But we can just pretend. It is gluten free though. And I pretended it was sugar free as well (it's not, though you can substitute sugar for Stevia, or whatever other sweeteners of your choosing (: ), so that Brooke could eat this cake! She does love chocolate though, which I felt justified this a bit. And I used dark chocolate... Which is healthier.
In summary, this cake is pretending to be healthy, while only cutting out one food group, (is gluten a food group..?) and still tastes absolutely delicious. It's rich and chocolatey, and so, so good that I didn't even eat it with ice cream, which as you know, is a fabulous thing! Happy Birthday Brookey! <3
Flourless Dark Chocolate Cake
· 300g dark chocolate, broken into pieces
· 200g butter, chopped
· 1 cup almond meal
· 5 eggs, separated
· 1/3 cup and ¼ cup sugar
· 1/4 cup milk
· Cocoa powder, to dust
Preheat oven to 180C and grease a 20cm spring form cake tin and line with baking paper.
Gather your ingredients.
Set a bowl over a pan with simmering water, and melt the butter and chocolate, stirring regularly. Don't let the bottom of the bowl touch the water. When it is melted remove from the heat. (Alternatively I think this can also be done in the microwave!)
Meanwhile, whip the egg whites and 1/3 cup sugar until stiff peaks form and texture is smooth and glossy.
Mix the remaining sugar, egg yolks and milk together.
Pour the chocolate mixture gently into the egg yolk mixture.
Fold 1/3 of the egg white mixture gently into the egg yolk mixture, and then repeat with the remaining whites.
Pour carefully into the prepared tin.
Bake for 40 minutes without opening the oven, then turn the pan around and bake for a further 20 minutes.
Cool and dust with cocoa powder. Serve with fresh raspberries and cream, or drizzled with melted chocolate.
I made a little flag by sticking a sticker onto a toothpick, then sandwiching it with another sticker. Pretty cute, don't you think?
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! Also, I have now fixed the comments, which people have been emailing me about (thanks!). You can now comment without having a Google+ account! And of course, those of you with G+ accounts can still comment. Unfortunately though, previous G+ comments have now been removed from the blog - but still accessible through G+.