Make This Flourless Chocolate Cake For Mega Insta Likes
Having won the first ever series of Great British Bake Off in 2010, Ed Kimber has gone on to make his dream of becoming a full time baker/ food writer a reality. In the past seven years he has quit his job in finance to focus on baking resulting in three cookbooks, regular food styling gigs, a podcast dubbed ‘Stir The Pot’ in addition to teasing his 116K Instagram followers with daily baked treats. Think crème brûlée tartlets, sweet and salty blondies and miniature bundt cakes. So who better than to challenge in creating some mega #ChocolatePorn? On a skills level, Edd says this is no harder than making a basic Victoria sponge cake. Plus as it’s flourless it’s also suitable for anyone with a gluten allergy. Watch the results above and check out the full recipe below…
200g unsalted butter
200g dark chocolate (around 65-70% cocoa solids)
5 large eggs, separated
150g light brown sugar
50g caster sugar
Salted Caramel Cream
100g caster sugar
Pinch of flaked sea salt
400ml double cream
To make the cream place the sugar into a saucepan and cook over medium/high heat it has melted and caramelised, turning the colour of an old rusty penny. Add the salt and swirl to combine. Pour in the cream, adding in two additions, pouring slowly as it may bubble up violently. If there are any lumps of caramel, place back over the heat and cook until smooth. Pour into a bowl and press a sheet of clingfilm onto the surface of the cream and chill until thoroughly chilled..
To make the cake line the base of a 9-inch springform tin with parchment paper and lightly grease the tin with a little butter. Preheat the oven to 180C (160C fan).
Place the butter and chocolate into a bowl set over a pan of simmering water and stir until melted. Remove and set aside for the moment. Place the egg yolks and brown sugar into a large bowl and using an electric whisk mix together for about 5 minutes until thick and pale. Pour in the chocolate mixture and mix until smooth and combined.
In a separate bowl whisk the egg whites until they hold soft peaks then sprinkle in the sugar and whisk until the meringue holds soft glossy peaks. Add the meringue to the chocolate mixture in three additions, folding gently to combine. When no streaks of egg whites remain gently pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 40-45 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool to room temperature (it will collapse in the middle but don’t worry you want that to happen)
Serve the cake at room temperature, topped with some of the cream whipped to soft peaks.
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