Rich chocolate cake

For cake:

  • 175g dark chocolate
  • 125g salted butter
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 200g ground almonds
  • 4 eggs, separated

For topping:

  • 75g dark chocolate
  • 50g salted butter

Preheat oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4.

Line base of round 22 cm cake tin and brush with melted butter.  Melt chocolate.

Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.  Stir in ground almonds, egg yolks and melted chocolate.  Beat together.

Whisk egg whites until stiff and fold into chocolate mixture.  Pour into tin and bake for 50-55 minutes until firm to the touch.

Leave for a few minutes, then turn onto a wire rack and leave to cool.

Melt chocolate and butter together for topping.  Spread on top of cake, allowing it to run down the sides.  Decorate as desired.

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