By Rose Fooks
This gooey gluten-free chocolate cake is everything you want and more, the almonds make it gorgeously nutty.
Having a gluten-free diet certainly doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the fun! This cake is just as delicious as a glutinous version. Although there are lots of great gluten-free flours available on the market, ground almonds also make a great substitution. Want to go gluten-free? Find out everything you need to know about going gluten-free
In this cake the ground almonds mean the texture is different than if we had baked with flour. It’s likely to fall in the centre rather than creating a perfect mound. But, don’t dismay, we think this gives the cake more yum appeal. Using ground almonds is certainly a boost for the flavour, there’s are delicious nutty notes in this gluten-free chocolate cake.
Before spreading over the chocolate ganache we slather this cake with warmed apricot jam, much like in a famous Austrian cake the Sacher, the apricot jam and rich dark chocolate are a match made in heaven. Although the flavour of the apricot is subtle it elevates the flavour of the chocolate, making it even more delicious and chocolaty somehow. A true chocoholics dream.
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- 4 eggs, separated
- 200g unsalted butter, softened
- 225g caster sugar
- 150g ground almonds
- 1tsp gluten-free baking powder
- 175g dark chocolate, meltedFor the decoration:
- 125ml single cream
- 125g dark chocolate, broken into pieces, plus a couple of extra squares for decoration
- 1tbsp apricot jam
You will need:
- Tall, 20cm cake tin, lined
- Heat the oven to 190C/Gas 5. Whisk the egg whites to stiff peaks. Mix together the butter and sugar until soft, then add the egg yolks, ground almonds and baking powder. Fold in a third of the melted chocolate followed by a third of the egg white; repeat until the mixtures are used up. Transfer the mixture into the lined tin and cook for 1 hr. Allow to cool in the tin for 20 mins then transfer to a cooling rack.
- For the decoration, heat the cream in a small pan until steaming, pour over the chocolate pieces and mix until the chocolate has melted. Transfer the mixture into a cool bowl and set aside for about 10 mins, then whisk until thick.
- Once the cake has cooled, warm the apricot jam and brush over the top and sideof the cake. Spread over the chocolate cream and grate the reserved chocolate on top.
Top Tip for making Gluten free chocolate cake
Adding a pinch of sea salt to the frosting will boost the flavours of the chocolate
Rose Fooks, Deputy Food Editor at Future plc, creates recipes, reviews products and writes food features for a range of lifestyle and homes titles including Goodto, Style at Home and woman&home. Since joining Future, Rose has had the pleasure of interviewing cookery royalty, Mary Berry, enjoyed the challenge of creating a home-based, lockdown baking shoot for woman&home, and had her work published in a range of online and print publications, including Feel Good Food.
Rose completed a degree in Art at Goldsmiths University and settled into a career in technology before deciding to take a plunge into the restaurant industry back in 2015. The realisation that cookery combined her two passions - creativity and love of food - inspired the move. Beginning as a commis chef at The Delaunay, Rose then worked at Zedel and went on to become a key member of the team that opened Islington’s popular Bellanger restaurant.
In order to hone her patissier skills, Rose joined the Diplome de Patisserie and Culinary Management course at Le Cordon Bleu. Rose ran a food market in Islington championing local producers and cooked for a catering company that used only surplus food to supply events, before finding her way into publishing and food styling.
Other than cooking, writing and eating, Rose spends her time developing her photography skills, strolling around her neighbourhood with her small, feisty dog Mimi, and planning the renovation of a dilapidated 17th-century property in the South West of France.
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