Decadent Chocolate Dessert Cake (Gluten Free)

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  • Cook time: 55 minutes
Yield: 10


  • 225g butter
  • 225g dark chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 225g ground almonds
  • 6 eggs, separated
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 2 tablespoons strong black coffee
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat the oven to 170 C, line the base and sides of a 23cm spring form round cake tin with baking paper.
Gently melt the butter, chocolate, coffee and vanilla together in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering watert.  Once the chocolate starts to melt then gently stir the mixture until smooth, remove from the heat and mix in the ground almonds.
Beat the egg yolks and sugar together until pale and creamy.  Mix in the chocolate mixture.
In a clean bowl beat whites until stiff peaks, gently fold of heaped spoon full of the egg white into the chocolate mixture to loosen the mixture and then fold the remaining egg white through. Take care not to over mix.
Cook the cake for 55 minutes, cracks may start to appear on the surface as it cooks but this is fine.
Remove the cake from the oven and allow to cool in the tin.  Once cold, turn out onto a serving plate and cover with chocolate ganache.  Decorate with fresh or freeze dried raspberries and white chocolate shavings.
Serve in small slices.

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3 thoughts on “Decadent Chocolate Dessert Cake (Gluten Free)

  1. The only ingredient that frequently puts me off making chocolate cake is the inclusion of coffee. I absolutely loathe the smell of coffee, and don’t drink it at all. I have in the past put it in a recipe when told that it couldn’t be tasted, thiking that the purpose is not flavour but perhaps colour but still I didn’t like the cake. Is there a substitute that I could use instead of coffee?

    • Hi Lizzie, coffee in such a small quantity is only offering flavour and won’t contribute to texture so if you don’t like coffee then leave it out or you could always add a tablespoon or so of brandy. I do understand you not liking coffee as my kids can detect it at a sniff, for coffee lovers it just adds another dimension to chocolate.