Flourless Chocolate Malteser cake


Connor turned thirteen over the weekend and requested the most chocolate cake I could make, so I came up with this delicious flourless chocolate cake and added Maltesers to make it more teenager friendly. It is a pretty easy recipe but I had some odd things happen to my version which required a little improvisation. The end result was a super moist and delicious chocolate cake that was a winner with kids and adults alike. This recipe is what I did, not what the original recipe said! Enjoy xx

Ingredients

Cake

200g high quality bittersweet chocolate - chopped

125g butter - softened

125g caster sugar (1/2 a cup plus a little)

4 eggs - separated, plus an extra yolk

200g finely ground almonds

Ganache

200g high quality bittersweet chocolate - chopped

150g double cream

155g Maltesers - crushed but reserve 12 or so for the top of the cake

Method

About 2 hours before you start cooking remove the butter from the fridge to soften (or give it a blast in the microwave) and get the eggs out of the fridge to bring to room temperature - it's better for beatingthe whites.

Preheat the oven to 180C and grease and line a 20cm round cake tin. Chop the chocolate into smallish bits and begin melting in a bowl over gently simmering water (make sure you dont' get water into your chocolate - it does bad things).

While the chocolate is melting cream the butter and sugar until it's light and creamy, and the sugar is dissolved. Remove chocoalte from the heat once it's melted and allow to cool a little.

Add the egg yolks (5) to the butter and sugar mixture and mix well, then add the chocolate. Mix again and add the ground almonds and mix until all ingredients are well combined. If he mixture seems pretty firm, run with it - it's ok.

Whisk/beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt in a metal bowl until they form stiff peaks - I use an old school hand beater (I can not make them work with anything else!).

In batches gently fold the egg whites into your cake mixture, see it is loosening up nicely now... don't over mix otherwise you'll lose all of the air.

Once it's combined put batter into the prepared tin and bake for anywhere between 20 and 35 mins (depending on your oven). The recipe says 20 mins but my cake took 35, at 20 it was still runny! Anyway, you'll have to play that bit by ear and just keep an eye on it. Test it with a skewer to see if the cake is cooked through.

Allow to rest in the tin for 15 minutes and then turn out onto a plate upside down to cool.

Once the cake is cool melt the chocolate and the cream for the ganache (as above - in a bowl over gently simmering water) and stir to combine. Remove from heat and stir in crushed Maltesers. Allow to cool and set slightly before pouring over the cake. Decorate with the extra Maltesers and refrigerate to set the ganache. Serve with double cream if you like. Sooooooo good!

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