I’m writing this post just after making a special cake for a special someone, but won’t be posting it just yet, in case certain sneaky eyes see it before she’s seen it (if you catch my drift).
My awesome friends C and P are getting married next month, which can mean only 0ne thing: it’s hen do time!
There were a few of us travelling up to Edinburgh for the hen party, and I was charged with the task of making a cake to take with us. Now, being the social butterfly I am (yeah right!) I’m a bit busy over the weekend, and am working the day before travelling up, resulting in little to no time to actually make said cake. But no worry – I decided to make it in advance.
Being a group of girls, I decided that chocolate cake was an absolute necessity. I adapted this recipe from the Sachertorte in my all-time favourite Green and Black’s Chocolate Recipes book. It describes itself as improving over time, so making it on Wednesday before travelling on Tuesday was no problem. I had planned to use dark chocolate, but a 400g bar of Dairy Milk in the staff room at work selling for 25p persuaded me otherwise (hence the added cocoa powder to up the chocolate ante). You’ll have to come back tomorrow to see how I decorated the beauty! Are you feeling the suspense yet..?
Hen Party Flourless Chocolate Cake
200g Milk Chocolate
200g Dark Brown Sugar
110g Caster Sugar
150g Ground Almonds
2 heaped teaspoons Ground Coffee
2 tablespoons Cocoa Powder
- Preheat the oven to 180OC/350OF/Gas mark 4. Grease and line a springform cake tine. Slowly melt the chocolate in a bain marie. Keep an eye on it and stir occasionally.
- Separate 5 of the eggs and add the last whole egg to the yolks. Whisk the sugar and yolks together until thick and creamy.
- Whisk the egg whites until stiff peaks form.
- Stir the ground almonds, coffee, cocoa powder and melted chocolate into the egg yolks. Gently fold together with the whites, trying not to knock out the air. Pour into the prepared tin.
- Bake for an hour, or until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean. Cover the top with foil if it starts to brown a little too quickly.
- Leave the cake to cool and store in an airtight container until needed. Find out tomorrow how I decorated the hen party cake!