This cake is not for the faint hearted. Yes, I know I am meant to be resting and I did rest after my baking session. It is my husband's birthday in a couple of days and he wanted a full on chocolate cake that was rich and flavourful. I added chocolate mini eggs to the top of the cake for an Easter theme, and yet more chocolate, and used Green and Blacks Organic Maya Gold Dark Chocolate for the ganache which added another level of flavour with a little spice. Hubby was very happy indeed, he may have had more than a couple of pieces in the interests of proper taste testing. My 3 girls liked the cake too, as did our neighbours who were also drafted in as taste testers.
Chocolate Almond Easter Cake
300g dark chocolate, chopped into chunks
250g Butter, diced
1 tsp Vanilla Bean Paste
4 free range eggs
110g caster sugar
150g self raising flour
70g ground almonds
Preheat the oven to 180C/160C Fan. Grease and line a 20cm springform cake tin.
Combine the chocolate and butter in a bowl and place over a saucepan of simmering water. Stir until melted together, smooth and glossy. Set aside to cool for 15 minutes.
Using electric beaters or a stand mixer, beat the vanilla, eggs, sugar together for 5 minutes until pale and thickened. Reduce the speed of the mixer and slowly add the cooled chocolate mixture. Sift over the flour and ground almonds then gently fold in until completely combined.
Pour the mixture into your prepared cake tin and bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Set the cake aside to cool completely.
300g dark chocolate, I used Green and Blacks Organic Maya Gold
200ml double cream
Put the cream in a saucepan over a moderate heat. Heat until almost boiling, remove from the heat and stir through the chocolate until a smooth mixture forms. Leave the ganache to cool until it reaches a spreadable consistency.
I am entering this cake into the following blog challenges this month:
We Should Cocoa created by Chocolate Log blog and hosted this month by Rachel Cotterill, the theme is Easter
Love Cake hosted by JibberJabberUK, the theme is Springing into Easter
Let's Cook Sweet Treats for Easter hosted by Simply Food
Just one more photo to tempt you to try baking this cake!