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Dark chocolate torte with mint ice milk

Dark chocolate torte with mint ice milk

A decadently fudgy chocolate torte, brightened up with the zing of mint. This recipe by Skye Gyngell is one you're sure to make on repeat.

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  • Serves12
  • CourseDessert
  • Prepare40 mins
  • Cook50 mins
  • Total time1 hr 30 mins
  • Plusovernight cooling + freezing


  • Flavourless oil, for greasing
  • 250g dark chocolate (70%), chopped
  • 250g unsalted butter, cubed
  • 4 large eggs
  • 250g caster sugar
  • ½ tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 tbsp strong coffee
  • 50g cocoa powder

Ice milk

  • 25g pack mint, leaves picked
  • 500ml whole milk
  • ¼ tsp xanthan gum
  • 1 large egg white
  • ¼ tsp fine sea salt
  • 120g caster sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4. Grease and line a 20cm round cake tin (not loose-bottomed or springform) with baking parchment. Combine the chocolate and butter in a large heatproof bowl and set over a pan of barely simmering water (ensure the bowl is not touching the water). Allow to melt, stirring occasionally, then remove from the heat and set aside to cool a little.

  2. Meanwhile, whisk together the eggs, sugar and salt in a freestanding mixer (or using an electric hand mixer) on medium speed until pale and very airy (8-10 minutes). Gently fold in ⅓ of the cooled chocolate, along with the coffee, followed by the remaining chocolate. Sift in the cocoa powder and gently fold together until no clumps remain.

  3. Bring a kettle of water to the boil. Pour the batter into the prepared tin and level the top. Put the tin in a large roasting tin and pour enough boiling water around it to meet the depth of the batter; bake for 35-45 minutes until there is just a slight wobble in the middle. Carefully remove the cake tin from the water and cool in the tin overnight.

  4. Meanwhile, make the ice milk. In a high-speed blender, whizz the mint leaves, milk and xanthan gum until smooth, then pass through a fine sieve into a large bowl and set aside. In a freestanding mixer (or using an electric hand mixer), whisk the egg white and salt until pale. Gradually add the sugar, whisking constantly, until soft peaks form.

  5. Fold the egg whites into the milk mixture until roughly mixed through. Churn in an ice-cream maker according to appliance instructions, then transfer to an airtight container and freeze for at least 2 hours. If you do not have an ice cream maker, pour the mixture into a freezerproof container and freeze for 6 hours, stirring every hour. Once frozen, whizz the ice milk in a food processor until smooth, then freeze again for another 2 hours.

  6. To serve, remove the cake from the tin, turning it out onto a serving plate so the crust is on the bottom. Slice and serve alongside a scoop of the mint ice milk.

Cook’s tip

Don’t have a roasting tin large enough to hold your round cake tin with room to spare? Reduce the oven temperature to 170˚C, gas mark 3. Then set the cake tin directly on the oven shelf and put a tin of hot water on the shelf underneath it. The lower temperature and steam from the water will help keep the cake moist. 


Typical values per serving when made using specific products in recipe


1,948kJ/ 468kcals



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