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    Cocoa and Hazelnut Meringue Cake with Lemon Curd Filling

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    Cocoa and Hazelnut Meringue Cake with Lemon Curd Filling

    Once you're confident with the basic method, you can get creative. This version is delicately crisp on the outside with pockets of toasted nuttiness and cocoa swirls. The curd makes a sublimely tangy filling.

    • Vegetarian


    • 4 medium egg whites
    • ¼ tsp cream of tartar (optional)
    • 225g caster sugar
    • 1 tsp white wine vinegar
    • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
    • 50g chopped toasted hazelnuts
    • Filling
    • 142ml pot double cream
    • 4 tbsp lemon curd


    1. Preheat the oven to 150°C, gas mark 2 (reducing it for a fan oven). Line two oiled, round, loose-bottomed, 20cm cake tins with baking parchment.
    2. Whisk the eggs with the cream of tartar on low, building up the speed and, once stiff, start adding the sugar 3 tbsps at a time, whisking in after each addition. Add the vinegar with the last of the sugar. Once the mix is thick and moussey, sieve over most of the cocoa and add two thirds of the nuts. Gently fold through. Divide between the two tins, making one peaky. Sieve over the remaining cocoa and sprinkle the nuts on this cake.
    3. Put the cakes on a middle shelf in the oven and bake for 45-55 minutes till lightly golden. Let them cool in their tins. Place upside down on a tea towel to peel off the parchment. Whip the cream and spread on the base. Drizzle with curd and top with the other meringue.
    4. The finished cake makes an elegant end to any meal or even a deliciously different birthday cake.

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    Kitchen tools

    Handheld whisk or, preferably, electric beaters
    Baking parchment


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