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Flourless chocolate cloud cake
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250g salted butter, plus extra for greasing
250g dark chocolate, chopped
1 tbsp espresso coffee powder
6 large eggs, separated
250g caster sugar
60g cocoa powder, sifted, plus extra for dusting
300g pack frozen summer fruits
200ml crème fraîche
mint leaves, to serve
1. Preheat the oven to 180˚C, gas mark 4. Grease and line a 23cm springform cake tin. Put the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl over a pan of just-boiled water. Once nearly all melted, stir until smooth. Mix the coffee powder with 50ml boiled water. Set both aside to cool a little.
2. Using electric beaters, whisk the egg yolks with the sugar in a large bowl for 3 minutes, until pale and thick. Stir in the chocolate mixture, coffee and the cocoa powder. Whisk the egg whites with clean electric beaters in a separate bowl until they form stiff peaks. Stir a dollop of the egg white into the chocolate mixture to loosen it, then carefully fold in the rest. Pour into the cake tin, level out, then bake for 35-40 minutes until risen, cracked and with a very slight wobble in the centre. Leave the cake to cool in the tin on a wire rack. It will sink in the middle.
3. While the cake is cooling, put the summer fruits in a small pan over a low heat and cook for 7-8 minutes until warmed through but still holding their shape. Leave to cool. When ready to serve, dollop the crème fraîche onto the centre of the cake. Top with the berries and scatter a few mint leaves over the top.
This recipe first appeared in Waitrose & Partners Food, April 2019 issue. Download the Waitrose & Partners Food app for the full issue
Typical values per serving:
Per serving (12) 2059kJ
This recipe was first published in March 2019.