This cake is based on one of my favorite flourless chocolate cakes from The French Kitchen. But on the day I wanted to make it we were out of a bunch of stuff. Not enough ground almonds. Rather unpleasant jam. Not quite enough nice French dark chocolate. So I rummaged in the baking cupboard and came up with this. J. thinks it’s better than the original and ate the whole thing over the course of a week.
Coconut Cherry Chocolate Cake
Adapted from The French Kitchen
For the cake:
- 100g (one bar) dark chocolate (70%+)
- 175g butter
- 125g demerara sugar (unrefined cane sugar)
- 100g ground almonds
- 100g dessicated coconut
- 4 eggs, separated
For the jam layer:
- 5-6 tablespoons cherry and berry jam (use any flavor)
For the icing:
- 100g (one bar) dark chocolate (70%) OR flavored dark chocolate – I used half a bar of leftover almond dark chocolate
- 50g butter
Preheat oven to GM2/150C/325F.
Line a springform cake pan with baking parchment.
Melt chocolate for the cake in a bain marie. In a large bowl cream together butter and sugar until creamy. Add the almonds, coconut, egg yolks and melted chocolate, beat until blended.
Whisk the egg whites until stiff peaks form, add it into the cake mixture. Fold in quickly but carefully. Pour batter into the cake tin and bake about 35-45 minutes. (Our oven is tetchy so it took 45 minutes. You want a light crust and a teensy bit of squidginess but make sure it’s done.)
Let cool in pan while you warm the jam. In a separate pan, melt the butter and chocolate together for the icing. Remove cake from pan and transfer to cake plate. Spread the warmed jam evenly on top. Then carefully pour the chocolate over the top, spreading it to the edges. Eat a piece straight away. Or two.
Keep lightly covered in the fridge until eaten. Since this is such a rich cake, it can take awhile.
Back into hiding for me. Ooof.
Flare: 5, Phoe: -20.
One of those posts where I just throw a bunch of pictures at you and then slink back into hiding. Looks like the autumn slump has hit early. Which is really not fair. It’s still summer, technically.
I have been knitting, playing video games with J. (last weekend was our 8th anniversary and I was too ill to celebrate and tomorrow is a holiday here), rereading my favorite comforting books and living on ginger beer to combat the awful nausea that comes with a flare (for me).
Let me adjust to the new seasonal normal and then I’ll get back to being productive and sharing recipes, ok?
28 puffy hexes.
Happy mail from Missy.
Have you read Fit to Flatter? It’s totally changed how I think about my body shape and clothes. And knitwear.
Oh, and I’ve been playing with a few new apps. TtV (the door and kettle pictures above) and 8mm (video here).
See you on the flip side.
Or “Attack of The Grumpasaurus”. Chocolate cake recipe coming. Next post, I promise.
But in the meantime…
I am in a flare. A big, nasty-wasty, unfun flare. I am whiny and exhausted and rereading Twilight for the umpteenth time and generally being in pain and feeling out of sorts with the world.
So it’s a good thing I got happy mail today from Melissa, right?
Kermit The Frog-y.
Tea and spoony.
Happy… what day is it again?
So this entry will probably not interest anyone not into F1 cars. But what might interest some is the fact that these were all shot on film. FILM. I think I have found my new favorite film EVER.
Taken at Goodwood Festival of Speed, July 2011 on a Canon EOS-3 with Kodak Portra 100 film.
The Hill start line. (We got there just in time to see the F1 cars go by. We think the Red Bull car was driven by Mark Webber who I totally have a fangirly crush on.)
The F1 Paddock
Jenson Button drove this one.
Random cars. I love Camaros.
Made it? Ok. How about a chocolate cake recipe next? To make up for the cars.